A consortium of academic and industrial parties led by new start-up PMW Technology is embarking on a twelve-month study of a significant new carbon capture process.
The initiative was launched at the UK CCS Research Centre’s biannual conference in Sheffield on Monday 11th September.
Carbon capture has been found by BEIS and ETI to be one of the few feasible options for decarbonisation in many industries. Unfortunately, current processes can increase industrial costs significantly, add complexity or introduce environmental risks.
Dr. Bryony Livesey, Head of Research and Technology at Costain said, “The new A3C process freezes out the carbon dioxide, avoiding hazardous chemicals. Our study aims to demonstrate that this simple concept offers lower energy consumption and reduced decarbonisation costs in industrial-scale applications.”
The techno-economic feasibility study will be based at the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park in Cheshire. The consortium comprises the Universities of Chester and Sheffield, industrial partners WSP, DNV GL and Costain. It will be led by PMW Technology, who developed the A3C process and has filed patents for it.
The work is co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, under their Energy Catalyst programme.
The Acorn project, a small-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in North-East Scotland, has reached another milestone this week with support from the EU funding round, Advancing CCS Technologies (ACT), a part of the ERA-NET programme.
Based upon my estimates today, the US CO2 market may approach around 9.8 million short tons of utilisation this year, with most sectors essentially following the relative growth (or shortfall) within the corresponding markets of the sectors they serve. Globally, this merchant market total is over 20 million tons annually.
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