Drax Group and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group (MHI), have partnered on a bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at Drax’s Power Station, located in North Yorkshire, England.

The pilot, that will test MHI’s carbon capture technology, will capture approximately 300kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day, therefore, aligning with Drax’s journey towards being a carbon negative company by 2030.

“Our plans to develop ground-breaking BECCS at the power stations in North Yorkshire will help boost the UK’s economy following the coronavirus crisis and support the development of a zero carbon industrial cluster in the Humber region – delivering clean growth and protecting thousands of jobs,” explains, Will Gardiner, Drax Group CEO.

Two of MHI’s proprietary solvents will be tested at the plant, one of which – KS-1™ Solvent – is already being used at 13 commercial plants delivered by MHI, including the world’s largest post combustion carbon capture facility in Texas.

“We are very proud to be part of the BECCS pilot project with Drax. We firmly believe that our carbon capture technology would be able to contribute to the UK’s zero carbon target in a material way,” said Kenji Terasawa, President & CEO, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering. 

“This is an exciting collaboration between Drax and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries which has the potential to further the development of technology which could help the UK achieve net zero greenhouse gas emission by 2050 and contribute to the post-covid economic recovery.”