The UK Government has launched a £20 million investment to develop next generation carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies for gas power stations.
The money, provided by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), will fund a 5MW CCS plant capable of capturing up to 95% of carbon emissions.
CCS is a technology which helps capture carbon dioxide that is transported via pipelines and stored safely in deep underground structures. It is used to tackle global climate change and ensure a secure energy supply for the future.
The project is part of the Government’s four-year £125 million research and development programme to develop cheaper and better CCS technologies. The new technology will be designed to work with both new gas power stations or those already built.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey, who made the announcement at the Scottish Low Carbon Investment conference yesterday said: “CCS is a key part of our aim to reduce carbon emissions from gas and coal in our future energy mix. The UK is a leading nation in developing this new technology and the project announced today is another important step to our goal of a cost competitive CCS industry.”
The companies involved in the project include Howden Global and Doosan Power Systems CCS Centre of Excellence, MAST Carbon and Inventys. ETI member Rolls-Royce will also be providing engineering support for the project.
The CCS plant is expected to be designed, built and tested by 2016.