The UKCCSRC Pilot-Scale Advanced CO2-Capture Technology (PACT) facilities are national specialist research and development facilities for combustion and carbon capture technology research, encompassing advanced fossil-fuel energy, bioenergy and carbon capture and storage/utilisation technologies for power generation and industrial applications. They provide a focal point for large scale experimental work in the UKCCSRC and also a facility that UK industry, especially SMEs, can use to develop and demonstrate products for the CCS supply chain. PACT is a collaborative activity between the Universities of Cranfield, Edinburgh, Imperial College London, Leeds, Nottingham and Sheffield. It forms part of the UKCCSRC jointly funded by the the former Department of Energy and Climate Change (now BEIS) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Core Facilities – Beighton
The PACT Core Facilities are jointly operated by the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield. The integrated facilities support research into carbon capture from conventional power generation, bioenergy and industrial emissions. Facilities include a highly instrumented 250kW air/oxyfuel combustion plant for coal/biomass/gas; two 330kW gas turbines; and gas mixing facilities for simulating combustion/industrial emissions. The facilities are connected to a 1 tonne CO2/day capture plant enabling Post-Combustion Capture research for PF/gas boilers; gas turbines (including research on Exhaust Gas Recycling to increase CO2 in flue gas); solvent development, and materials research.
Cranfield University is providing access, within the PACT framework, to CCS research facilities that have been extended through modifications funded by DECC and Cranfield. Gas supply systems for N2, O2, CO2 and H2/CO mixtures feed three gasmixing skids supplying chemical looping, circulating fluidised bed combustion and gas turbine hot gas path research facilities.
Edinburghis home to the Advanced Capture Testing in a Transportable Remotely Operated Mini-lab (ACTTROM) unit. The ACTTROM unit allows long-term testing of capture technologies exposed to real power station flue gases. Materials used for CO2 capture, e.g. absorbents and adsorbents, carbon alloys, corrosion coupons, can be tested for many months to examine levels of degradation that would be expected at real plants.
More information can be found at the PACT website