Leading UK-based carbon capture solutions provider Carbon Clean has been awarded a government innovation grant alongside its two partners – Doosan Babcock and Newcastle University – for the testing of two technologies that could reduce the cost of carbon capture.

Worth £600,000, the funding comes from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) CCUS Innovation 2.0 programme, part of the BEIS £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP). 

The technologies to be tested together include a non-aqueous solvent (NAS) and a rotating packed bed (RPB) absorber and stripper. 

As part of the tests, the NAS and RPBs will be benchmarked against conventional packed bed absorbers and regenerators, in addition to a parametric test campaign which aims to identify optimal operating conditions for a range of simulated industrial flue gases. 

Stating that scale and cost are the biggest barriers to widespread deployment of industrial carbon capture technology, Prateek Bumb, Co-founder, CTO, Carbon Clean, said, “Carbon Clean is focused on overcoming these challenges through the development of breakthrough modular solutions and this BEIS-funded project will ensure we continue to lead in this field, expanding our knowledge of rotating packed beds in carbon capture applications.” 

Last year, the company released CycloneCC, claimed by Carbon Clean to be the world’s smaller industrial carbon capture solution. 

The technology – which uses RPBs - aims to break down barriers associated with cost and scalability. 

Carbon Clean’s technology could help address slow carbon capture and storage (CCS) deployment rates which, according to the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) are far below those in modelled pathways limiting global warming to 1.5C or 2C. 

Commenting on the investment, 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 fossils 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.”