As part of a new scheme to produce clean energy from waste, the UK Government today (12th January) announced its new Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme – a £5m scheme to produce hydrogen from biomass and waste.

The programme will also focus on the capture and storage of carbon released during the process using carbon capture technologies. 

By using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology, carbon dioxide (CO2) can be permanently removed from the atmosphere. 

In addition to helping decarbonise the UK as part of the country’s ‘green industrial revolution’, the programme will help promote hydrogen as an alternative sustainable fuel for sectors such as transport and heavy industry. 

Stating that innovative BECCS technology has ‘incredible’ potential for removing CO2 from the atmosphere, Greg Hands, Energy and Climate Change Minister, added, “This government funding will help support the development of this new technology in the UK, boosting green jobs and investment while slashing carbon emissions.”

Split into two phases, Phase 1 will see applicants from small businesses and large companies to research institutions and universities bid for a share (up to £250,000 per project) of £5m new government funding. 

Following the demonstration of feasibility during Phase 1, projects that move onto Phase 2 will be able to apply for further funding to support a physical demonstration of the hydrogen BECCS technology. 

These solutions will be supported across feedstock pre-processing – this focuses on the development of energy efficient, low-cost technologies for biomass and waste feedstocks to be used in advanced gasification, gasification components – the development of advanced gasification technology components which would allow conversion of biomass into fuels such as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). 

The programme will also aim to support development of novel biohydrogen technologies that can be combined with carbon capture, such as dark fermentation and anaerobic digestions.