Britain’s first carbon capture project has kicked off at the Drax renewable energy plant in North Yorkshire, with the aim of retrieving one tonne of CO2 a day from the gases produced by the country’s biggest power station. The pilot programme, which is also a first for Europe, is costing Drax £400,000. It will run for six months in collaboration with University of Leeds spin-out C-Capture, which has developed the technology to isolate carbon gases. Will Gardiner, chief executive of Drax Group, said: “If this project is successful, it could enable Drax to become the world’s first carbon negative power station – something many would never have dreamed possible a decade ago.” Drax has been busy converting its formerly coal-fired power station into one run on environmentally-friendly biomass, ahead of a government ban on coal in 2025. Four out of its six units have been changed into biomass, which burn compressed wood pellets produced from sustainably managed working forests in the United States. Now, Drax is looking for ways to both capture the carbon released by biomass and to sell it on for use in other industries.
Telegraph 26th Nov 2018 read more »
A “major milestone” has been reached in the development of a pioneering clean energy project at the St Fergus gas terminal in Aberdeenshire. Crown Estate Scotland, the body which manages the seabed, has granted its first ever lease agreement for carbon dioxide storage. The Acorn carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at St Fergus, near Peterhead, is designed to take advantage of existing oil and gas assets to deliver large-scale CO2 storage in the central North Sea. The UK Government, which scrapped a £1bn fund to develop another CCS project in Peterhead in 2015, has since acknowledged CCS is crucial for meeting climate change targets.
Energy Voice 27th Nov 2018 read more »