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About PACT

Pilot-Scale Advanced Capture Technology (PACT) facilities are specialist facilities for industrial and academic R&D in advanced fossil-fuel energy, bioenergy and carbon capture and storage/utilisation technologies for power generation and industrial applications. The facilities have been established in 2012 with financial support from the UK government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and are operated as a collaborative activity between the Universities of: Cranfield, Edinburgh, Imperial College, Leeds, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Aims and objectives of PACT

PACT aims to catalyse and support industrial and academic research in order to accelerate the development and commercialisation of novel technologies for carbon capture and clean power generation. To enable the overall technology development pipeline, the objective of PACT is to provide industry and universities access to a much wider range of state-of-the-art pilot-scale R&D facilities than any single organisation could support and complement it by specialist research and analytical facilities and leading research expertise in the area.

PACT brings together a comprehensive range of integrated facilities of between 150kW and 750kW in scale, bridging the gap between bench-scale industrial/academic R&D and large-scale industrial pilot trials. By consolidating facilities and maximising equipment utilisation through the open access arrangements, PACT is able to offer industry and academia a comprehensive research capability in a cost effective manner. This enables industry and universities to develop and demonstrate their technologies and gain the necessary commercial confidence before committing to the significant costs of large scale trails. This lowers the overall technology risk and enhances chances of commercial success for leading technologies.


The PACT facilities form part of the UK Carbon Capture & Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) (http://www.ukccsrc.ac.uk/) – the principal centre for CCS expertise and research across all academic institutions in the UK funded jointly by the EPSRC and DECC.