Services

Overview

PACT can support technology design, development, testing and evaluation, and in some instances demonstration of technologies for smaller-scale applications. It offers four types of services: R&D services for companies and academia including contract and collaborative programmes; analytical services; technical consultancy, drawing on the in-house expertise of the PACT consortium as well as the wider expertise of UKCCSRC; and training for company staff on new carbon capture technologies.

 

Footnote: Note that PACT is collaborative activity, not a legal entity and thus contracts and associated documentation will be negotiated and signed with one (or optionally more) of the operating partners.

R & D services

PACT supports contract and collaborative R&D for both industry and academia. These include simply access to the facilities to conduct experimental programmes designed by external users with PACT staff operating the facilities and collecting agreed data for analysis by the customer. The basic access support can be extended to include analytical services, drawing on the pool of PACT analytical facilities or additionally complemented by extensive analytical capabilities within the partner universities. Alternatively PACT can provide full R&D support where it can draw on the leading expertise pool of the PACT partner organisations as well as the wider expertise with the UKCCSRC. The advanced R&D support can be provided as part of a collaborative project, as a consultancy or as a mixture of the two.

Analytical services

Alongside the pilot-scale facilities PACT also has comprehensive analytical capability for process monitoring and analytical services including characterisation of fuels, ash and other residues, carbon capture media and degradation products and other applications. These are further complemented by extensive analytical facilities within the partner organisations. Analytical facilities can be accessed alongside R&D services or independently.

Consultancy

Technical consultancy

PACT offers consultancy services to its users. These can include technical consultancy associated with R&D services for example in supporting technology development or interpretation of results in particular for customers who might not have the in-house expertise in a given area. For example, a company wishing to evaluate the performance of novel biomass-based fuels in conventional combustion or carbon capture systems might wish to draw on expertise on combustion science and engineering, analytical techniques and/or expertise on capture technologies.  Similarly, a company developing new capture solvents might benefit from combustion engineering expertise at PACT as well as other expertise areas.

Process and system modelling consultancy

Another key area in consultancy is process or system modelling where PACT draws on extensive modelling expertise within the consortium including European Centre of Excellence of Computational Fluid Dynamics at the University of Leeds. PACT facilities are integrated pilot-scale facilities with significant analytical capability These create a unique and powerful combination for the development of models for individual processes and integrated systems.

Potential applications include for example

  • Combustion flame modelling for different fuels and combustion conditions (oxyfuel, high oxygen with coal and biomass,…) to aid burner and plant design, or assessment of system flexibility, or evaluation of impact of using new fuels or operating conditions on system stability and energy and environmental performance.
  • Modelling of new carbon capture media to assess system flexibility and performance with different fuels and under different conditions, aid system optimisation and techno-economic analysis.
  • Whole system modelling of High oxy-biomass post combustion system to aid plant design in terms of scale and operational requirements of components, optimum operating conditions and component and system tolerances

Furthermore PACT via the University of Leeds has commercial licences for industry standard modelling software packages, which means it can provide commercially ready solutions for its customers.

Training

PACT offers and supports training activities for industry and academia in the area of carbon capture technologies and related science and engineering areas. PACT partners run a collaborative annual CPD course on Carbon Capture and Storage and can also support contract or collaborative development of bespoke teaching and training programmes, doctoral training, apprenticeships and staff training for external and internal customers, including potential for hands on training on the facilities. Please contact us to find out about our training programmes or to discuss supporting your exiting or planned programmes.