Norway-based Aker Carbon Capture has commenced construction of a modular carbon capture plant at a waste-to-energy plant operated by waste management company Twence.

Located in Hengelo, the Netherlands, the plant will capture 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year associated with the generation of energy from non-recyclable waste incineration. 

As a major producer of sustainable energy, Twence intends for part of the captured CO2 to be reused in liquid form in the greenhouse horticulture sector to enhance the growth of crops. 

Commenting on the project, Valborg Lundegaard, CEO, Aker Carbon Capture, said, “We can’t wait to start capturing the first CO2 emissions at the end of the year.” 

“Together we will contribute to a CO2-neutral environment. This will set the example for other energy players in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe.” 

As part of the country’s target to reduce CO2 emissions, the initiative was subsidised to the amount of €14.3m by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in November 2021. 

Reiterating the company’s ambition to contribute to the circular economy of the Netherlands, Marc Kapteijn, Managing Director, Twence, added, “This CO2 capture plant is a wonderful example of that.” 

“The realisation of the plant requires knowledge and expertise, which is why we collaborate with skilled and specialised parties.” 

The project is set to begin operations by the end of 2023.