Grant to fund development of low-cost carbon capture technology

Carbon Clean Solutions awarded innovation grant from UK Government.

A consortium, including academics from the Energy Engineering Group at Sheffield, has been awarded a research and development grant worth almost £900,000 by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The grant will enable the progression of research into lowering the cost of carbon capture technology, with the ultimate aim being to develop a solution that is affordable on a large scale.

Led by Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL), a global leader in the design, development and deployment of carbon capture technology, the grant will enable CCSL to build a large-scale carbon capture testing facility at The University of Sheffield. This will be the world’s first integrated plant of its kind. The plant will be built close to Sheffield at the Pilot-Scale Advanced CO2 Capture Technology (PACT) facility in Beighton.

Professor Meihong Wang, Professor of Energy Systems at The University of Sheffield, said: “This technology will play a vital role in helping the UK to meet its energy targets. We are excited that the project is now underway and look forward to working with our colleagues at CCSL and Newcastle to develop affordable carbon capture technology.”

Richard Mather, Senior Project Engineer, CCSL said: “The plant will contain several process innovations which will be integrated together. Our aim is that these will reduce the cost of carbon dioxide capture to less than $20 per ton. It is hoped that achieving the cost reduction target will lead to faster deployment of the technology, which in turn will play a crucial role in helping the UK to meet its ambitious climate change commitments.”

CCSL has a strong track record in this area, having launched the world’s first fully commercial carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) plant in India in 2016. The ground-breaking project, which was privately financed, captures carbon dioxide (CO2) at just $30 per tonne – much lower than the $60-90 per tonne capture costs typically observed in the global power sector.

The grant was awarded based on preliminary research already conducted by CCSL and the University of Newcastle in 2016, the results of which were positive and indicated the potential for the technology to be developed further. Prateek Bumb, CTO and Co-Founder of CCSL, said: “This grant is a testament to the importance of developing affordable carbon capture technology, which can be rolled out on a large scale. This technology will play a crucial role in helping the UK meet its energy targets. It’s really encouraging that the UK government continues to recognise the importance of the work we are doing in this area”.


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