UK-based carbon capture specialist C-Capture has been awarded £1.7m in funding from the BEIS (Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) £1bn Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP).

As part of the £20m Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Innovation 20 programme, C-Capture will showcase its XLR8 CCS project at multiple sites across the country within hard-to-abate industrial sectors. 

At a cost of £2.7m, the project will apply its solvent-based technology to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from flue gas at sites owned by project partners Hanson Cement, part of the Heidelberg Group, Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG), Glass Futures and one of their member sites Pilkington UK Ltd. 

XLR8 CCS will see the deployment of carbon capture solvent compatibility units (CCSCUs) across the cement and Energy from Waste (EfW) and the glass industry. 

Responsible for 2.8 billion tonnes – or 8% - of CO2 emissions across the globe each year, the cement industry is considered an essential area of focus for decarbonisation. 

In the UK alone, the cement industry produces around 7.5m tonnes of Co2 per year, while the glass industry contributes over 2m tonnes. 

C-Capture’s Process Engineer, John Mackay with a carbon capture solvent compatibility unit (CCSCU).

C-Capture’s Process Engineer, John Mackay with a carbon capture solvent compatibility unit (CCSCU).

Source: C-Capture

By integrating carbon capture with EfW plants, it is hoped that emissions could be further lowered and – in cases where waste wood material is used as fuel – allow it to become carbon negative. 

Commenting on the funding, Greg Hands, Energy and Climate Change Minister, said, “As we accelerate the UK’s energy independence by boosting clean, home-grown, affordable energy, it’s crucial that our industries reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.” 

“This investment will help them to not only cut emissions, but also save money on energy bills, on top of supporting jobs by encouraging green innovation across the UK.” 

Success of the project is expected to lead to commercial-scale deployment of carbon capture facilities across the three industries by 2030, potentially capturing millions of tonnes of CO2 per year. 

Stating that carbon capture deployment is ‘essential and urgent’ to achieve net zero by 2050, Tom White, CEO, C-Capture, added, “Our solution has the potential to be a game changer for carbon capture.” 

“It uses less energy than currently available technology meaning it can significantly reduce the cost of carbon capture to a point that makes it affordable globally.” 

“These advantages mean it has potential to break the barriers that are preventing the widespread adoption of CCS technology, to mitigate the impacts of climate change.”