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Revolutionary FluRefin Technology Earns Prestigious Impact Award, Shaking Up the Industry

Revolutionary FluRefin Technology Earns Prestigious Impact Award, Shaking Up the Industry




EcoReporter Segment: FluRefin Technology Wins Impact Award

A Carbon Capture Technology Recognized for its Engineering Impact

A carbon capture technology developed at the University of Sheffield by IChemE member Peter Styring has recently won an engineering impact award. The FluRefin technology, developed in partnership with seal manufacturer Aesseal, emerged as the winner among other shortlisted entries, including the CrossRail project and British Army Engineers, to receive the prestigious 2023 Engineering and Manufacturing Award. FluRefin is a pressure swing adsorption carbon dioxide capture technology that was developed through the UKRI Sustain Manufacturing Hub. It aims to reduce emissions from steelmaking and offers a smaller footprint and lower operational costs compared to amine-based capture technologies. The technology has the potential to capture emissions from various industrial operations, such as power plants and food manufacturing.

FluRefin is currently being piloted at UK steel sites and is also being utilized in the £5.4m (US$6.6m) Flue2Chem project, which involves Unilever and BASF. This two-year project aims to demonstrate how industrial waste gases captured from foundation industries, including chemicals and glassmaking, can be used as an alternative source of carbon for consumer products. The University of Sheffield has plans to deploy a new, larger-scale FluRefin unit in other industries, such as paper mills, and is working towards commercializing the technology through a spin-out company.

Professor Peter Styring, the developer of FluRefin and a professor of chemical engineering and chemistry at the University of Sheffield, expressed his excitement about the recognition the technology has received. He stated, “This year has shown us that the technology we have believed in for the last ten years is now being recognized by the global engineering and climate mitigation industries. It’s an amazing feeling to realize that our research is making an impact and a difference, and a feeling we want to perpetuate as the product reaches the international commercial market.”

Carbon Capture Technology Offers Promising Environmental Benefits

A carbon capture technology called FluRefin, developed at the University of Sheffield, has won an engineering impact award for its potential to reduce emissions from industrial operations. Developed in partnership with seal manufacturer Aesseal, FluRefin emerged as the winner among other notable projects in the 2023 Engineering and Manufacturing Award. This pressure swing adsorption carbon dioxide capture technology offers a smaller footprint and lower operational costs compared to existing amine-based capture technologies. It has the potential to capture emissions from various industrial operations, including power plants and food manufacturing.

FluRefin is currently being piloted at UK steel sites and is also being utilized in the £5.4m (US$6.6m) Flue2Chem project, which aims to demonstrate how industrial waste gases captured from foundation industries can be used as an alternative source of carbon for consumer products. The University of Sheffield plans to deploy a larger-scale FluRefin unit in other industries, such as paper mills, and is working towards commercializing the technology through a spin-out company.

Professor Peter Styring, the developer of FluRefin, expressed his excitement about the recognition the technology has received and its potential impact on global engineering and climate mitigation industries. He emphasized the importance of their research in making a difference and reaching the international commercial market.


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