Energy firm Drax has started capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the combustion of 100% biomass feedstock at its power station in the UK – a first anywhere in the world.
The first CO2 has been captured using innovative technology developed by Leeds-based C-Capture as part of Europe’s first bioenergy carbon capture storage (BECCS) project.
The demonstration plant at the power station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, will capture a tonne of CO2 a day during the pilot.
If the BECCS pilot can be scaled up to deliver negative emissions, Drax Power Station would be helping to remove the gases that cause global warming from the atmosphere at the same time as electricity is produced, the company explained.
Drax, who has invested £400,000 ($518,420), hopes the pilot will be the first of several projects undertaken at the power station to deliver a rapid, lower cost demonstration of BECCS.
CEO Will Gardiner said, “Proving that this innovative carbon capture technology works is an exciting development and another important milestone in our BECCS project. Climate change affects us all so this is of real significance – not just for us at Drax, but also for the UK and the rest of the world.”
“The successful deployment of BECCS requires us to identify ways in which the CO2 we’re now capturing can be stored or used in other processes and we’re working with the government and other businesses on that.”
“We’re focused on working together to make the progress required for us to tackle climate change and enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future.”
Minister for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry added, “This innovative technology has the potential to make huge strides in our efforts to tackle climate change while kick-starting an entirely new cutting-edge industry in the UK.”
“World-firsts like this will help us to realise our ambition of having a first operational plant by the mid-2020s as we continue to seize the opportunities of moving to a greener, cleaner economy – a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy.”
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