Heriot Watt University has been awarded £20m ($28.2m) as part of a wider £166.5m ($234.5m) UK Government cash injection to construct a research unit to study decarbonisation technology – including hydrogen.
The new state-of-the-art facility will research several green technologies that supports the government’s 10-point plan for a green revolution.
This includes hydrogen, decarbonisation infrastructure, carbon capture, usage and storage.
The IDRIC will work closely with the UK’s major industrial clusters to address the challenges of industrial decarbonisation alongside a diverse range of over 140 partners as part of a drive to create the world’s first net-zero emissions industrial cluster by 2040 and four low-carbon clusters by 2030.
IDRIC will be headed by award-winning academic and the UKRI’s Industrial Decarbonisation Champion Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer who will drive industrial decarbonisation as part of the UK’s journey to net-zero.
Mercedes Maroto-Valer said, “I am delighted to lead IDRIC, the UK research and innovation hub for industrial decarbonisation that will set the foundations for the new industrial clusters of tomorrow.
“The 2020s will be key for the UK to set the pathway to meet its carbon targets and IDRIC will play a key role to accelerate the decarbonisation of industrial clusters.
“Working with the research and innovation community, we will demonstrate our international competitiveness to realise the opportunities offered by economies of scale in decarbonising industrial clusters and driving new business models.”
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