Adventurous energy research for a sustainable net zero: outlines

UKRI are looking to fund feasibility projects:

  • of two years’ duration
  • aimed at high-risk discovery research to enable decarbonisation of the UK economy
  • to facilitate a sustainable transition to a net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions future.

For the current call, decarbonisation will be defined as the reduction or elimination of the net anthropogenic contribution to the atmospheric concentration of GHGs, in terms of total combined global warming potential (CO2 equivalents).

Contributions to decarbonisation may be made, for example by:

  • the reduction or elimination of the GHG-intensity of processes, materials, products and infrastructure
  • the removal of atmospheric GHGs
  • the demand reduction, encompassing both energy demand and demand for materials and products.

This definition is concerned with all atmospheric GHGs for which there is an anthropogenic source, including but not limited to:

  • carbon dioxide
  • methane
  • F gases, such as:
    • chlorofluorocarbons
    • hydrofluorocarbons
    • perfluorocarbons
    • sulphur hexafluoride
  • other haloalkanes
  • nitrous oxide.

Although there are many mature technologies and solutions that can be developed and deployed to move the UK closer to net-zero, the rationale for the current call is that there is potential to develop new solutions to reduce the time to a sustainable net-zero. Whilst also, improving that transition and ensuring that it provides a sustainable future for well beyond 2050.

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Closing date: 8 Jul 2021