ETI seeks bids for £20m CCS pilot project

Businesses are being offered up to £20 million to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies for gas-fired power stations. The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking responses from those […]

By Priyanka Shrestha

carbonemissionsBusinesses are being offered up to £20 million to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies for gas-fired power stations.

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking responses from those with potentially “breakthrough technologies” whose plans are sufficiently developed to move directly into the detailed design, construction and testing of a pilot plant.

CCS technologies capture carbon dioxide from power stations and store it safely in deep underground structures and is used to tackle global climate change.

The announcement follows a project launched last year to fund a 5MW CCS plant capable of capturing up to 95% of carbon emissions from a gas-fired power station.

The ETI launched a Request for Proposals (RfP) yesterday to ensure the best technology is selected through the process.

Andrew Green, the ETI Programme Manager for CCS said: “With CCS having the potential to play a key role in a future affordable, secure, low carbon UK energy system, it is important for there to be research into and investment now in a range of technologies to help build the economic viability and help extend the role of CCS in any future UK energy system design.

“We expect that by 2020, there will be 30GW of gas-fired power capacity, some of which will require retrofit or upgrade to include CCS by 2030 if we are to meet UK CO2 reduction targets. Newly developed technology which reduces costs and accelerates deployment by 2030 is therefore critical.”

ELN visited the world’s largest CCS test facility in Norway earlier this year.