Drax and Phoenix BioPower explore next-gen BECCS tech


A feasibility study is to be undertaken by Phoenix BioPower to investigate just how the latest energy efficient turbine technology could reduce the build costs of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) plants.

Working with renewable energy company, Drax Group, Phoenix BioPower intend to examine the cost effectiveness of new-build BECCS projects and how energy-efficient gas turbines could reduce this build cost by generating 50% more power with the same amount of fuel, when powering a 300MWe biomass plant with integrated CCS.

The top cycle turbines are proven to be up to 15% more efficient than existing technologies used in power stations when used with BECCS. This could lead to directly supporting other renewable, decarbonising technologies and energy systems globally.

Speaking about the agreement and the potential for negative emissions technologies, Henrik Båge, CEO of Phoenix BioPower said, “Working alongside Drax, a global leader in sustainable biomass power generation and BECCS, gives us an exciting opportunity to explore the next generation of negative emissions technologies together with our high-efficiency biopower technology.”

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