Carbon capture pilot plant opens in UK

A new £2million carbon capture pilot plant has been officially opened at Imperial College London.

The state of the art teaching facility aims to provide undergraduate students with hands on experience of pilot scale industrial plant operations and equip them with the practical skills needed for a career in industry. Dr Daryl Williams, director of the Pilot Plant Project at Imperial, commented: "This plant gives Imperial students the opportunity to run one the most sophisticated carbon capture pilot plants in the world. We can create a range of scenarios for students, so that they can experience and help to solve the problems that engineers in the real world face every day. "By providing this intense training before they begin their careers, we aim to provide our graduates with the best possible start and to provide industry with the type of high calibre, well trained employees that they are crying out for all over the world." The facility has been developed with funding from power and automation specialist ABB, which has provided a range of instrumentation, drives, motors and process automation equipment as part of a £1million, ten year collaboration project. "The pilot plant is a global showcase for the latest and best process control and instrumentation technology in use at one of the world's leading engineering institutions," said ABB's Martin Grady. "We will be able to trial new technology in a low risk, well managed environment to gather Beta site test data. It also gives ABB a great platform to train its staff and customers on a real pilot plant."