FuelCell Energy, Inc. has entered into a contract with UK-based Drax Power Station to supply its carbon capture solutions.

FuelCell Energy will support Drax with a Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study evaluating the use of its carbonate fuel cells to capture carbon dioxide emissions from Drax’s biomass boilers.

The Drax Power Station is the largest single-site renewable power generator in the UK, with a capacity of over 3,900 megawatts of renewable generation, primarily from sustainable wood pellets sourced from responsibly managed forests.

FuelCell Energy’s carbon capture technology is based on the company’s carbonate fuel cell power plants, which are able to concentrate COfrom dilute flue gas streams as a side reaction during power generation.

The FEED study will focus on a system that captures up to 85 tonnes of COper day while generating additional power for the station.

Drax plans to use the COcaptured within a greenhouse nearby the power station, any excess COcould be transported to other greenhouse locations.

“Carbon capture using FuelCell Energy’s solution is a potential game-changer for affordability and efficiency of concentrating and capturing carbon dioxide from emitters,” said Tony Leo, Executive Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer at Fuel Cell Energy.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Drax and the BEIS (United Kingdom, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) for such an innovative and critically important subject such as cleaner energy.”

“We believe that fuel cell technology could help us meet the rise in global demand for electricity, whilst capturing the carbon dioxide produced during its generation,” said Will Gardiner, Drax Group CEO.

“Our FEED study will help us to understand the technical and economic feasibility of fuel cells, with a view to scaling the technology up, whilst showing that clusters of businesses working together to deliver climate change solutions, can also deliver benefits for their businesses.”

“Cutting edge technology to capture carbon will cut emissions as we work towards a net zero economy while creating new jobs – a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy,” said Chris Skidmore, Energy & Clean Growth Minister.

“This innovative project from Drax represents a major milestone in efforts to rollout carbon capture at scale by the 2030’s.”

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