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10 Jun 2024

A new carbon capture trial is being conducted by C-Capture and Heidelberg

A new carbon capture trial is being conducted by C-Capture and Heidelberg

A new partnership between C-Capture and Heidelberg Materials will see a new carbon capture trial taking place. This trial will occur at Heidelberg’s plant in Ketton, in the UK and the trial which the companies have set up is part of C-Capture’s 'XLR8 CCS - Accelerating the Deployment of a Low-Cost Carbon Capture Solution for Hard-to-Abate Industries' project.

It has been agreed that throughout this project, six carbon capture trials will take place and this is being made possible through these projects working with partners based throughout the UK.

A huge benefit of this project, is that it highlights the adaptability of the technology in use and it also showcases how adaptable it is within industries such as, energy from waste, cement and glass manufacturing.

The most recent trial to take place at Ketton plant, focused on using C-Capture’s technology for industrial decarbonisation. Now a new project which is dedicated to carbon capture solvent compatibility unit (CCSU) is operational at the site. This project has occurred through its partnership with Wood. The purpose driving this project, is to demonstrate the effectiveness of C-Capture’s carbon capture technology, when it comes to eliminating carbon dioxide (CO2) from the flue gas emissions, which are generated during cement production.

These kind of projects, the CCSCUs are currently also being installed in a variety of partner sites, such as Energy Works Hull, Glass Futures and finally, Pilkington UK which is a member of the NSG Group.

So far, reports have shown that the XLR8 CCS project is already making significant progress within the glass manufacturing industry. Plus, the project has received a significant amount of funding from the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero's Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, part of a larger £20m CCUS Innovation 2.0 programme,  totalling £1.7m. This funding, plus additional private-sector contributions, means that the project is currently being supported by an investment of £2.7m.

Due to all the effort and the amount of funding the projects have received, the success of this trials is expected to position C-Capture, as well as its partners, in a position where they could begin to implement commercial-scale carbon capture facilities as soon as 2030. This has the potential to create the opportunity for capturing million of tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

Heidelberg Materials UK CEO, Simon Willis, commented, “Carbon capture is a critical part of our strategy to decarbonise cement production and essential if we are to reach net zero and help our customers achieve their own decarbonisation goals. Our venture with C-Capture is another example of our commitment to developing new technologies and, if successful, has the potential to be rolled out at other sites across the Heidelberg Materials Group.” 

C-Capture CEO, Tom White, added, “Decarbonising industry is one of the most pressing global issues. C-Capture’s XLR8 CCS project is a critical step in the race to net zero as we work with our innovative technology and leading industry partners to demonstrate that an affordable carbon capture solution is a reality - even for industries that are difficult to decarbonise.” 

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