Translational Energy Research Centre

The Translational Energy Research Centre (TERC) is one of the largest and best-equipped zero-carbon energy, hydrogen, bioenergy, CCUS and combustion research and development facilities in Europe.

Based at the University of Sheffield and forming part of its Energy Institute, we’re finding and testing practical solutions to critical energy challenges. Through world-class research and dedicated testing, we’re making green industry a reality.

Innovation, research, and development on a global scale

With a comprehensive range of equipment and full capability to test, optimise and demonstrate technologies at scale, we have everything you need for commercially-focused, mission-oriented research and development.

Capabilities & Expertise

Giving regional enterprises, global companies, new technology start-ups and academic research teams access to advanced testing facilities and the opportunity to collaborate with leading academics in The University of Sheffield Energy Institute on sustainable, renewable and low-carbon energy research.

The University of Sheffield has a global reputation for pioneering high impact research and is ranked as a world top-100 university with 86% of its research considered as internationally recognised or World leading. Its Engineering departments are ranked in the top five in the UK for the impact and quality of research.

It is internationally recognised for its work in carbon capture and energy technologies as reflected by its UK-representative membership of ECCSEL and the International CCS Test Centre Network, and the operational management and research service provision for the International Flame Research Foundation with prestigious global membership some 130 organisations representing the power generation, petroleum refining, iron and steel, cement, glass, and chemical manufacturing industries as well as combustion equipment manufacturers, fuels producers and distributors, research institutes, universities, trade associations, and energy policy makers. The University of Sheffield additionally hosts the UK Centre for Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (CDU) and manages CO2Chem – the world’s largest networking and research community for academics and industrialists interested in CO2 conversion. It is also a partner in the national PhD training centre (Centre for Doctoral Training) for CCS and bioenergy, providing regular training for PhD students and UKCCSRC applicants.

Our aim is to support and catalyse industrial and academic research. By doing so, our ambition is to accelerate the development and commercialisation of novel technologies for carbon capture and clean power generation and ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both power generation and energy intensive industries.

Operator: The University of Sheffield

Location: Sheffield, UK

Amongst the 70 companies that have already carried out projects at our facilities are: Alstom (now GE), Ansys UK, BG Group (now Shell), BOC-Linde, BP, Carbon Clean Solutions, C-Capture, Costain, Doosan Power Systems, Drax Group, EON (now Uniper), EDF, Fluent Europe, Howden, National Grid, Progressive Energy, PSE, SSE, Sembcorp, and Siemens AG.

Providing access to

PCC Plant (SCCP) (UK2.1)

PCC Plant - Solvent-based Carbon Capture Plant (SCCP)

BGB (BGC) (UK2.2)

Biomass Grate Combustion Boiler (BGB) 240kWth

Gas Turbine(s) GT (UK2.4)

Gas-Turbine 330kW (GT)