Reducing Industrial Carbon Emissions (RICE) is a £9.2million EU-backed initiative funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to test and drive forward next generation technologies to help reduce carbon emissions from Welsh industry.
The RICE initiative is led by the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University, in partnership with Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) and the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling (GEECS) at University of South Wales.
The goal of RICE is to work with local supply chain companies to test how CO₂ produced from heavy industrial processes can be innovatively used to make high value products and industrially important chemicals. Technologies to be tested will also explore the production of green hydrogen, which can be used to fuel cars, other modes of transport, and energy production processes, further helping to reduce our carbon footprint.
The operation will focus on delivering transformational change through the translation of innovative processes to reduce Wales’ CO₂ emissions and decrease Welsh Heavy Industry’s energy & raw material consumption, enabling the creation of new business and lowering the barrier to adoption, resulting in both SMEs and new businesses for existing SMEs leading to the successful translation of research and innovation processes into new and improved commercial products, processes and services.
The demonstrated industrial concepts will ensure the techno-economic feasibility of the entire value chain and have the potential for a significant social and economic impact, notably in terms of job creation, economic growth and safe and innovation of energy systems technologies.
The low carbon future will include far more efficient and sustainable ways for us to heat our homes and offices, to transmit power, and to store energy, however, it is routes to sustainably manage unavoidable carbon emissions as well as long term transitional processes. A low carbon future needs not only a robust and sustainable systems but also effective ways of managing the inevitable carbon emissions from heavy industrial processes such as metals, cement, and chemicals manufacturing.
It is vital to develop ways in which CO can be used as a source of raw material rather than a waste product to be emitted into the environment. This conversion into value added products could involve permanent sequestering the carbon into an alternative form, or providing an entry into a circular economy. RICE will help to build the low carbon future.
We invite you to join us on the path to that future.