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Dr Hyungwoong Ahn, University of Edinburgh

An innovative project led by scientists in Edinburgh to produce a low-carbon source of ultra-pure hydrogen has been shortlisted for a prestigious engineering award.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have been working with fellow scientists at Yonsei University in South Korea to develop an affordable, low-carbon process that converts coal to high purity hydrogen, which can then be used to provide heat, power and transport.

The Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has selected the groundbreaking project as a finalist in its annual global awards, which recognise innovation and achievement in the chemical, biochemical and process industries.

Demand for ultra-pure hydrogen is expected to increase significantly due to its use in a variety of processes, including large-scale industrial plants and powering the next generation of hydrogen fuel cells, which will be used in hybrid and electric vehicles.

Dr Hyungwoong Ahn, of the University of Edinburgh, who leads the project, said that their research had also discovered how to increase the yield of low-carbon hydrogen produced from coal.

Dr Ahn said:

We’re delighted that our project has been shortlisted for the IChemE awards. We’re very excited about the results of our work, which show how integrating carbon capture can significantly increase the yield of high-purity hydrogen from coal while keeping carbon emissions down.

The project, which was funded by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning, has been shortlisted for IChemE’s Energy Award. The awards ceremony will be held in Manchester on 3 November 2016.

IChemE Global Awards 2016 list of finalists

The University of Edinburgh is a founding partner of the Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) research partnership.

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