Wood, the global consulting and engineering firm, has partnered with C-Capture, developers of chemical processes for CO2 removal, on a project awarded £1.7m in UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) funding to demonstrate feasibility of next generation, low-cost carbon capture solutions in hard-to-decarbonise industries (announced June 15).
C-Capture will use the funding to finance a major, national £2.7m project ,XLR8 CCS, designed to accelerate the deployment of a low-cost carbon capture solution for hard-to- abate industries. The multi-industry project will see C-Capture’s technology deployed on numerous sites across the country, within industries that are particularly difficult to decarbonise. The project will demonstrating that a low-cost, carbon capture technology is a credible solution in reducing carbon emissions.
The compatibility of C-Capture’s solvent-based technology will be trialled and assessed with real-world flue gas across three hard-to-abate sectors – at sites owned by project partners Hanson Cement, part of the Heidelberg Group, Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG), Glass Futures and one of their member sites Pilkington UK Ltd – in conjunction with leading consulting and engineering company, Wood.
XLR8 CCS will also deliver feasibility studies and deploy carbon capture solvent compatibility units (CCSCUs) across the cement, Energy from Waste (EfW) and – in a world first – the glass industry.
Tom White, CEO, C-Capture, said that C-Capture has the potential to be a game changer for carbon capture as it uses less energy than available technology, meaning it can significantly reduce the cost of carbon capture to a point that makes it affordable globally.
“It is also environmentally benign, well suited to the large-scale capture of CO2 and robust enough to withstand even the most aggressive flue gases. These advantages mean it has potential to break the barriers that are preventing the widespread adoption of carbon capture and storage technology, to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Regarding partnering with Wood, White added: “We are delighted to be collaborating on our XLR8 CCS project with Wood, a global top tier engineering firm headquartered in the UK, and with companies within the glass, cement and EfW industries who have strong commitments to decarbonisation and are early adopters of novel carbon capture technology.
“Together, we will deploy our unique solvent across a wider variety of applications– and in this case some of the most challenging industries to decarbonise – demonstrating how the UK is leading the way to develop and export industrial decarbonisation technologies. The project is a huge step forward for these industries and a critical stepping stone in the path to net zero.”
As part of this project, Wood’s experts and technical consulting engineers will conduct feasibility studies at the three UK host sites for implementation of commercial capture plants and support C-Capture to fabricate modular demonstration carbon capture plants for deployment at the host sites.
Azad Hessamodini, Executive President of Wood Consulting said: “Decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors is a critical challenge that needs to be addressed to deliver on net zero goals. As the project’s engineering partner, our team is looking forward to collaborating alongside the other XLR8 CCS project partners to deploy our technology integration and delivery expertise to help achieve a low-carbon future.”
Project success will see C-Capture and its project partners well placed for deployment of commercial-scale carbon capture facilities across the three industries by 2030, potentially capturing millions of tonnes of CO2 per year.