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BP invests in new carbon capture tech

08/02/2019
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We love a bit of innovative carbon capture tech here at EngineeringPro. Not only does it allow economies to reduce emissions of CO2, but it enables industry to continue running and producing the fruits of industrial civilisation that we enjoy today. Now, the oil majors are getting involved with BP announcing an investment in C-Capture, a UK tech firm focused on developing carbon capture technologies.
The Drax Biomass Power Station in Yorkshire, UK where C-Capture's technology is currently being trialled.
(The Drax Biomass Power Station in Yorkshire, UK where C-Capture’s technology is currently being trialled. Image via Drax).

The company designs innovative chemical processes that can remove carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and industrial facilities.

BP Ventures, along with UK power plant owner Drax and tech commercialisation firm IP Group, led a funding round to raise $4.6million so that C-Capture can further develop its technology.

A trial of C-Capture’s technology is currently under way at Drax’s power station in Yorkshire, UK. It will remove CO2 emissions created when sustainable biomass is used to generate electricity and so, once the carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and stored, could result in negative emissions, the firm says.

If this trial is successful, the C-Capture process could potentially find use in a variety of power generation scenarios from coal, gas and biomass, as well as the production of cement, steel and aluminium.

This investment is BP’s second in carbon capture technology, following the company’s support for the Clean Gas Project back in November 2018.

BP’s group head of technology, David Eyton, is closely following the development of CCUS technology. He says: “We believe CCUS has a key role to play in reducing emissions, in line with global climate ambitions. C-Capture’s technology could reduce the cost of capturing carbon dioxide”.

The UK Government has also granted $2.6million in funding for C-Capture, as it looks to develop and deploy CCUS technology across the country.

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