A newly created channel to market will enable carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from biogas facilities to be taken to market in the UK.
Set to benefit anaerobic digestion owners and operators injecting biomethane to the grid, the proposition is being launched by BioCarbonics to ensure continuity of CO2 supply.
It is believed that green CO2 produced from biogas has a higher reliability of supply and is a more sustainable product than the traditional CO2 sourced from fossil fuel sources.
On the new model, Christopher Carson, BioCarbonics Managing Director, said, “We work with biogas owners to capture and process their CO2 stream to produce a food and beverage quality liquid CO2, for use by local businesses.”
“And because we have a growing number of highly reliable plants operating around the clock, with a managed maintenance schedule, we are the only business that can offer continuity of supply to customers and no hidden surcharges.”
“Our carbon capture model is totally unique in that we support plant owners from conceptual design through installation and start-up of their CO2 plants, and work with them to install and operate quality systems and equipment that ensures their product meets the food and beverage quality certification.”
“We are actively seeking biogas owners who inject renewable methane into the gas grid to work with us and expand our sustainable supply model further.”
One Hereford biogas plant owner has already welcomed the idea. Nichola Layton, of STL Energy, has been working with BioCarbonics for a number of years and believes the model will be a success for the industry.
“Capturing this CO2 for use in other applications is much more sustainable than directly releasing it into the atmosphere, and it helps local CO2 users, such as food and drinks producers,” he said.
“The multiple plant model delivers a reliable supply chain, and the guidance and advice provided by the BioCarbonics team has been second to none. We didn’t have the expertise or knowledge required to enter into the CO2 business on our own, and BioCarbonics gave us the support and training we needed to be able to do this successfully.
“In our sustainability reporting for the plant, the carbon capture means that the emissions effectively become negative across all of our feedstocks, and the RHI eligibility has never been in question.”