UK’s utility company Drax announced plans on Wednesday for a new bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot program in conjunction with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).
The pilot facility will be installed at the Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire, England, later this year. The project is due to commence in autumn, Kallanish Energy learns.
The year-long pilot will capture approximately 300kg of carbon dioxide per day and test carbon capture technology developed by MHI for suitability with biomass flue gases at Drax.
The implementation of BECSS within Drax operations could potentially realise 16 million tonnes of negative emissions per year, helping the company to reach its goal to become carbon negative by 2030. This volume also accounts for one-third of the negative emissions target required by the United Kingdom from BECSS to achieve its zero carbon targets by 2050.
The project will test two MHI solvents – KS1 and KS21. The former is currently in use at MHI BECSS facilities, while the latter is more recently developed, with lower volatility and more stability against degradation.
“Our plans to develop ground-breaking BECCS at the power station in North Yorkshire will help to boost the UK’s economy following the Covid crisis and support the development of a zero carbon industrial cluster in the Humber region – delivering clean growth and protecting thousands of jobs,” said Will Gardiner, chief executive of Drax.
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