A consortium led by Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL) has been awarded a research and development grant worth almost £900,000 by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The grant will enable CCSL to progress its research into further lowering the cost of carbon capture technology. The ultimate aim is to develop a solution that is affordable on a large scale.
The grant was awarded based on preliminary research already conducted by CCSL and the University of Newcastle in 2016, the results of which were positive and indicated the potential for the technology to be developed further.
The grant will enable CCSL to build a large-scale carbon capture testing facility at the University of Sheffield, which will be the world’s first integrated plant of its kind.
CCSL has launched the world’s first fully commercial carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) plant in India in 2016. The privately financed project captures carbon dioxide (CO2) at just $30 per ton – much lower than the $60-90 per ton capture costs typically observed in the global power sector.
With this latest grant, it is hoped that the technology can be further refined to capture CO2 at $20 per ton.
Prateek Bumb, CTO and co-founder of CCSL, said, “This technology will play a crucial role in helping the UK meet its energy targets. It’s really encouraging that the UK government continues to recognize the importance of the work we are doing in this area”.