C-Capture, a designer of chemical processes for carbon dioxide (CO2) removal, has partnered with SINTEF in Norway to push start a new phase of its research and development (R&D) programme.
C-Capture has been working with Drax Group on a bioenergy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project at Drax Power Station.
The UK firm will now conduct research at the Tiller facility, located in Norway and operated by SINTEF’s institute ‘SINTEF Industry’, to validate its technology and compare it to alternative carbon capture technologies.
Scientists at SINTEF will work closely with C-Capture and Drax’s Innovation teams to carry out the work over the next six months.
C-Capture will send equipment and solvent to Norway, and the Tiller facility will switch to burning biomass for the trials, in order for the Tiller facility to carry out a comparative analysis with C-Capture’s unique solvent.
Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and other aspects of solvent performance will also be monitored.
“We’re delighted to be working with SINTEF, a world-renowned facility, towards an independent validation of our technology,” said Caspar Schoolderman, Chief Operating Officer and Project Lead at C-Capture.
“The work that we will carry out at the facility at Tiller aims to provide independent validation for C-Capture and Drax’s work to date,” said Duncan Akporiaye, Director at SINTEF.
“The two companies have made great progress with the BECCS project. A large part of SINTEF’s R&D work over the next six months is to accelerate their work towards a full-scale BECCS.”
“This is another important step in the process to understand the potential for scaling up our successful BECCS pilot project, enabling Drax to become the world’s first negative emissions power station and the anchor for the UK’s first zero carbon industrial cluster in the Humber region,” said Jason Shipstone, Executive Vice-President of Innovation at Drax Group.
The agreement follows the recent £5m granted awarded to C-Capture by the UK Government in June 2019.
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