"We have developed fundamentally new chemistry to capture CO2 and have shown that it should be suitable for capturing the carbon produced from bioenergy processes.”
The UK’s renewable energy credentials were raised this week after the clean energy company, C-Capture, joined forces with, Drax Energy, one of the UK’s key electricity suppliers, to trial a bioenergy carbon capture storage (BECCS) programme – the first of its kind in Europe.
C-Capture has been given funding by Drax Energy, which reportedly generates around 8% of the UK’s energy, to apply its solution at a Drax (@Draxnews) power station in the north of England, part of a long-term plan to produce cleaner electricity that would remove the gases that cause global warming while electricity is generated. Drax will initially invest £400,000 with UK company, C-Capture, with a view to increasing that funding if the pilot is successful, whereupon it will look into further options re-purposing its existing infrastructure to deliver more carbon emission savings.
The first phase of the project will begin this month and will see Drax examine whether the emission-cutting solvent developed by C-Capture is compatible with its biomass flue gas at its North Yorkshire power station. Chris Rayner, founder of C-Capture, said the company had created a way to efficiently remove emissions. “We have developed fundamentally new chemistry to capture CO2 and have shown that it should be suitable for capturing the carbon produced from bioenergy processes.”
The positives of developing BECCS was brought into focus following the release of a report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) which said that a fully operational programme could by the 2050s deliver around 55 million tonnes of net negative emissions a year in the UK – approximately half the nation’s emissions target. “Bioenergy technologies when combined with BECCS can deliver negative emissions whilst producing energy in the form of electricity, heat, gaseous and liquid fuels,” read the ETI report.
Commenting on the Drax-C-Capture deal, Will Gardiner, Drax CEO said that the work of this nature was vital if the world hopes to achieve the targets set out in France for the Paris Agreement. “We will soon have four operational biomass units, which provide us with a great opportunity to test different technologies that could allow Drax, the country and the world, to deliver negative emissions and start to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”
The UK government minister in charge of energy and clean growth, Claire Perry, called the partnership hugely exciting and played a key role in the UK’s aim to lead the way in carbon capture usage and storage technology.
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