£20 million carbon capture pilot plant to receive government support

17 Mar 2010

The government is to invest over £6 million in a major new collaborative research, development and demonstration project aimed at positioning the UK as a leading supplier of innovative technologies to capture carbon dioxide from fossil fired power stations.

The £20 million project will see the construction and demonstration of Europe's largest post combustion CO2 capture pilot plant. Two power plant operators, SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) and Vattenfall of Sweden, are partnering with Doosan Babcock a leading UK-based developer and supplier of power plant equipment and carbon capture technologies to develop this world class facility. In addition, three UK universities, all leaders in the training of researchers in this sector, will take part in the project, which is being co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Northern Way partnership.

The project will see the CO2 capture technology installed at SSE's Ferrybridge Power Station in Yorkshire. Following a one year construction and commissioning phase, a two-year research and test programme will then take place, from early in 2011 demonstrating Doosan Babcock's novel CO2 capture technologies. In addition to the industrial R&D focus, university researchers will participate in the project to gain operational experience, carry out complementary research and help to build the UK's skills capacity in this sector.

Explaining the purpose of the Technology Strategy Board's support, its Chief Executive, Iain Gray, said:

"Working in partnership with DECC and the Northern Way, we hope to put the UK in a position to take advantage of the growing global market for carbon dioxide capture and storage technology. If the UK is to lead in the supply of such technology, it needs to be developed, installed and demonstrated here on a significant scale. This project provides a vital link between research and commercialisation for an important technology that can be both installed at new coal and gas power plants and retrofitted to existing plants."

Commenting on behalf of the Northern Way, Chief Executive, Tom Riordan, said:

"We are delighted to be working with the Technology Strategy Board to support the development of carbon capture technology in the UK, enabling businesses to demonstrate the link between research and commercial application. The North of England has huge potential to use its existing capacity in areas such as advanced manufacturing to play a leading role in this vital new technology, securing economic benefits and supporting the transition to a low carbon economy. I'm particularly pleased to see this project in Yorkshire, adding to our capacity as a region in meeting this important technological challenge."

Brian Smith, SSE's Director of Thermal Development, said:

"We believe demonstration projects such as this and other CCS initiatives in which we're involved will be crucial in establishing when and how the technology can be developed. It is crucial that it should be. The scale of the project, with the equivalent five megawatts (MW) of coal-fired power generating capacity producing 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide per day, bridges the gap between the various laboratory-scale trials that are under way and the larger-scale projects envisaged by the UK government."

The project was announced on the same day that Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, published the Government's Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Industrial Strategy. This sets out how the UK can make the most from its knowledge and skills in engineering, geology and the subsea sector to become a centre for CCS innovation and business. (ends)

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Companies and other organisations seeking further information about the Technology Strategy Board's funding competitions should visit the Competitions page of the Technology Strategy Board website - www.innovateuk.org, email support@innovateuk.org or phone the helpline on 0300 321 4357

Media contact:

Claire Cunningham, Media Relations Manager, Technology Strategy Board. Tel: 01793 442901; Mob: 07554 115745; Email: claire.cunningham@tsb.gov.uk

Additional contact: Nick Sheppard. Mob: 07824 599644; nick.sheppard@tsb.gov.uk



Last updated on Tuesday 15 February 2011 at 09:53

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