My courting of the chemical engineering world continued today with a visit to the ChemEng department at Imperial. Today it got even better, because not only do chemical engineers get to use engineering and chemistry, but they get to sit in a huge control room that looks like the sound desk at Abbey Road studios. Or so it seems.

As you enter the ChemEng department at Imperial you are looking straight into the back of the control room of their brand new carbon capture pilot rig. Banks of controls and screens gracefully float in front of the controller, while behind the glass students tinker with a shiny bit of kit for capturing atmospheric CO2. That is one state-of-the-art piece of kit. Read more about the facility here and here.

As I left the building I caught myself thinking, wouldn’t it be interesting to run a design-and-build event on the Big Rig based on a carbon capture machine?