Developed in collaboration between the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and Tata Steel, the £5m Thermal Technologies Centre aims to pioneer new ways of turning materials, such as biomass into high grade fuels and energy.

The facility will also offer world-leading expertise, assets and capabilities to enable thermal processing businesses to innovate new products and processes.

It is hoped that the centre will strengthen the UK’s international competitiveness in developing products and processes for the process, energy, construction and materials, metallurgical and recycling and reclamation sectors.

Thermal Technologies Centre director Gareth Fletcher, said that the centre will also enable the thermal processing industries to “increase manufacturing efficiency, reduce energy consumption, lower reliance on raw materials and support the development of the UK’s low carbon economy”.

Tata Steel European operations managing director Dr Karl-Ulrich Köhler , said: “This centre will give us the opportunity to work with like-minded organisations that are embracing the challenge of reducing manufacturers’ carbon footprint and their impact on the environment.”

Carys Matthews

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