Carbon Capture takes major step forward

Published on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 13:52
Posted by Scott Buckler

UK carbon capture and storage technology took a major step forward as Energy Secretary Chris Huhne launched a flagship test programme in Yorkshire today

The project – worth more than £20million - is a partnership between industry partners Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), Doosan Power Systems and Vattenfall and is supported by DECC, the Technology Strategy Board and Northern Way.

Innovative new technology will capture the equivalent of up 100 tonnes of  carbon emissions a day from SSE’s Ferrybridge coal-fired power station.
Launching the CCPilot 100+ project, Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change said:

This flagship test programme at Ferrybridge represents an important milestone in the UK’s plans to develop CCS and provides a critical bridge to meeting our long term aim of cost competitive CCS deployment by the 2020s.

“This is the first operating carbon capture plant attached to a power station at this scale in the UK and has benefited from more than £6 million in public money. This investment will be invaluable to the wider commercial scale deployment of CCS by reducing uncertainty, driving down costs and developing the UK supply chain and skills.”

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said:

"The Technology Strategy Board is delighted to provide support for this pilot project.  It represents a major step towards the demonstration and deployment of carbon capture and storage in the UK and emphasises the vital role that innovation is playing in bringing the technology closer to commercialisation."

The project is part a £125 million Government-led CCS research and development programme which will run between 2011 and 2015. Over 20 British based companies have supplied components to the Ferrybridge carbon capture plant.


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