UK-based waste-to-hydrogen specialist Compact Syngas Solutions (CSS) has won £246,568 from the Hydrogen BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage) Innovation Programme.

The Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP)-funded programme is run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and aims to advance decarbonisation and accelerate renewable energy in the UK. 

Having previously won a BEIS grant worth nearly £300,000 earlier this year from the Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 Programme, CSS will use the latest funding to explore the potential of using water to separate and capture CO2 during gasification. 

Gasification is the process that produces syngas, which includes up to 20% hydrogen. According to CSS, this is the ‘first step’ in producing pure hydrogen from waste that would have otherwise gone to landfill. 

By harnessing the power of water, CSS can capture the harmful emissions without using ammonia-derived amines. 

With plans to develop a full-scale prototype when Phase 2 of funding becomes available, the project could help hydrogen become the key driver for Net Zero, in addition to helping lower the environmental impact of producing green hydrogen at scale, according to Paul Willacy, Managing Director, CSS. 

“We are delighted to have been successful in obtaining government funding for our hydrogen BECCS Innovation project.” 

“Hydrogen itself has a very low environmental impact but we still need to deal efficiently with the CO2 that emerges during its production, and that’s going to be the focus of this project,” he added. 

Intended to be portable, CSS plans to develop ten Micro H2 hubs complete with four gasifiers. 

Capable of producing 60kg of hydrogen and capturing 3.1kg of CO2 per day, the technology could contribute to full-scale Waste-to-Syngas-Liquid-Fuel facilities, leading to a 50,100 tonne CO2 capture capacity in the UK.