1. T1- CO2 capture & storage
T1- CO2 capture & storage
Theme Leader: Dr. A. AlHajaj
2. T2- CO2 utilization
The objectives of the CO2 capture and storage theme are to develop novel materials and highly efficient processes for CO2 capture and storage with improved performance and lower cost than the ones currently used and assess the efficacy of CO2 storage/ decarbonization pathways. The theme also includes optimization of current materials/solvents and integration into emerging processes for CO2 capture.
T2- CO2 utilization
Theme Leader: Dr. M. Khaleel
3. T3- H2 production & storage
The overall objective of T2 is to advance in the development of novel materials and processes that allow converting CO2 into CO2-neutral valuable products. RICH will incentivize start-ups with the new products developed from the theme as well collaborations with local industries interested in them. Collaborations with international experts are also envisioned in the different activities.
T3- H2 production & storage
Theme Leader: Prof. L. Vega
4. T4- H2 distribution and utilization
The objective of this theme is to develop and implement low-carbon hydrogen production processes (electrochemical, photochemical, thermochemical and biochemical processes, in addition to methane pyrolysis and combined reforming processes), as well as to establish materials and processes for high-capacity, reliable-availability H2 storage, including liquid hydrogen carriers, chemical and solid-state storage, by a combined modeling-experimental approach. Techno-economic and life cycle assessment will be performed to move forward the most promising materials and processes. RICH activities cover the whole value chain of hydrogen in themes 3, 4 and 5.
T4- H2 distribution and utilization
Theme Leader: Prof. D. Kyritsis
5. T5- Sustainable fuels
The goal of T4 is twofold: to design and optimize materials and processes for hydrogen distribution in a safe and efficient manner, and to further advance selected applications of hydrogen in the HtX scenario, focused on fuel cells, ammonia as a carbon-less fuel, synthetic fuels and upgrading bio-oil (together with T5), and applications in hard-to-abate sectors (metal production, cement and heavy transportation). A combined modeling-experimental approach will be used, including techno-economics and life-cycle analysis, to move the technologies to higher TRLs and commercialization.
T5- Sustainable fuels
Theme Leader: Prof. G. Palmisano
6. T6- Outreach, education, exploitation, and dissemination
T5 aims to implement the technologies being developed in the vertical themes (T1-T4) and others for producing SFs, by focusing on demonstration at lab scale and prototype development to advance the TRL of the processes from low (1-3) to medium (4-6), while performing techno-economic and life cycle assessments of these technologies in the circular economy context.
T6- Outreach, education, exploitation, and dissemination
Theme Leader: Dr. Ali Almansoori
The overall objective is to foster outreach, technology transfer and educational activities aiming at accomplishing the goals of the center, serving KU, the Country, and the world. Specific objectives include:
- The overall objective is to foster outreach, technology transfer and educational activities aiming at accomplishing the goals of the center, serving KU, the Country, and the world. Specific objectives include:
- Promote and foster academic-industry partnership
- Generate fundamental and applied knowledge
- Train highly skilled scientists and engineers
- Raise funding/support to the center
- Serve UAE governmental agencies
- Act as a contact point to UAE governmental agencies and companies for consultancy.
- Educate the community and society in clean energy, sustainability, and hydrogen economy.