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C-Capture Hosts Minister for Roundtable Discussion

C-Capture Hosts Minister for Roundtable Discussion

C-Capture, developers of next generation technology for carbon dioxide removal, welcomed Government Minister Lord Callanan and leading industry members to a roundtable focused on accelerating decarbonisation, last week, hosted by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, Lord Callanan, joined C-Capture and industry representatives from across a range of sectors to discuss the solutions needed for the widespread and rapid deployment of carbon capture technology to achieve net zero.

The CEO of leading trade body the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, the Clean Energy Lead at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, and partners in C-Capture’s national, multi-industry carbon capture project, ‘XLR8 CCS – Accelerating the Deployment of a Low-Cost Carbon Capture Solution for Hard-to-Abate Industries’ joined the discussion. The roundtable event highlighted the progress of the XLR8 CCS project in demonstrating the compatibility of C-Capture’s proprietary solvent-based technology within the energy from waste, cement and glass manufacturing industries.

Working together, C-Capture and XLR8 CCS partners Heidelberg Materials, Evero, Energy Works Hull, Glass Futures, Pilkington UK – part of NSG Group – and Wood, are proving the capability of C-Capture’s technology to remove carbon dioxide from the flue gas emissions of three difficult-to-decarbonise industries. Carbon capture solvent compatibility units (CCSCUs) designed and built by C-Capture and Wood, are being installed and operated on partners’ sites carrying out six carbon capture trials across the country. The trials will take place within three industries that are difficult to decarbonise due to the high levels of impurities contained within their flue gas emissions. The project will demonstrate that a low-cost carbon capture solution is a reality for difficult-to-decarbonise industries in the race to net zero.

The project’s first carbon capture trial is now successfully underway at Pilkington UK’s glass manufacturing site in St Helens. It is the UK’s first demonstration of a carbon capture technology within the mainstream commercial glass manufacturing industry.

Extremely robust, C-Capture’s innovative carbon capture technology can withstand the challenging flue gases emitted by hard-to-abate sectors. Based on a fundamentally different chemistry to other commercially available approaches, C-Capture’s technology is lower cost and environmentally benign as it does not rely on the use of amines.

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 which could capture millions of tonnes of CO2 per year.

XLR8 CCS is funded with £1.7 million from the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. The funding is part of the £20 million Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Innovation 2.0 programme aimed at accelerating the deployment of next-generation CCUS technology in the UK. Additional private sector contributions support a £2.7 million total for this multi-industry project.

Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, Lord Callanan, said: “It was a privilege to hear from leading UK carbon capture pioneers – these discussions are essential in our collective efforts to roll out innovative technologies to decarbonise industries.

“We are building a world-leading carbon capture industry in the UK – backed by up to £20 billion – that will help meet our net zero targets, support skilled jobs in our industrial heartlands and bring economic growth to the country.”

Tom White, CEO, C-Capture, said: “Carbon capture is an essential part of the raft of measures needed to reach net zero due to its ability to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from the economy. As certain essential materials such as glass and cement cannot currently be produced without emitting carbon dioxide, decarbonising industry is one of the most pressing global issues. These industries also produce flue gases with high levels of impurities, which means they are very difficult to decarbonise. The solutions are out there – our innovative tech is robust, lower cost and environmentally benign, creating an opportunity for decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors.

“The challenge lies in securing support to scale up carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) technology so that we can deploy solutions at the widespread and rapid level we need. Today’s event was a welcome chance to discuss how we can achieve this, along with the opportunity that the £390 million allocation for CCUS and hydrogen supply chains in the recently announced Green Industries Growth Accelerator (GIGA) funding presents.”

XLR8 CCS builds on C-Capture’s work in demonstrating the benefits of the company’s carbon capture technology in other essential industries following the successful completion of pilot plants on biomass fired power, biogas and landfill gas upgrading applications.

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