Photograph of Jonathan Wagner in the lab

Loughborough University awarded funding to support UK green growth and net zero ambitions

Loughborough University is among 14 research institutions to receive funding from the Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre to support innovative work to reduce carbon emissions.

The Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) has awarded close to £6 million to 20 projects across 14 UK research institutions to support the reduction of carbon emissions in the UK’s largest industrial clusters. 

Loughborough’s Department of Chemical Engineering is leading a project that will revolutionise industrial algae technologies - Algae-based carbon capture and utilisation for UK cluster decarbonisation.

The project lead, Dr Jonathan Wagner (pictured, above), says: 

“We will develop a new process for algae-based carbon capture from industrial processes which eliminates the temporal and spatial limitations of current algae technologies. 

"We are excited to work with IDRIC and stakeholders across the seven clusters to develop a demonstration study for this new process.” 

Loughborough University experts will work with a range of research and industry partners – including colleagues at the University of Manchester, Heriot-Watt University, Xanthella Ltd, Zest Associates, Severn Trent Water, Biffa Waste Services, Green Fuels Research and Algreen Ltd.