United Kingdom – Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) and Peel NRE have secured £250,000 from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Net Zero Innovation Portfolio for the Ince Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage project (InBECCS).
The project will fund design work for a carbon capture demonstration facility – based on innovative technology developed by C-Capture – at Ince Bio Power, the largest waste wood gasification plant in the UK. Ince Bio Power is located at Protos, Peel NRE’s strategic energy and resource hub in Cheshire. The plant, part of Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, currently uses commercial waste wood which would otherwise go to landfill, to produce energy to power over 42,500 homes.
The InBECCS project will pioneer the first negative emissions project in the North West and could be ready as early as 2025. This project seeks to help to scale carbon capture and storage (BECCS), utilizing chemical solution from C-Capture, to capture over 7,000 tonnes of carbon every year. C-Capture has a unique technology, which offers a safe, low-cost way to remove carbon dioxide and is well suited to large-scale capture of CO2.
The CO2 captured from the facility is intended to be stored in the soon-to-be depleted offshore gas fields in the Liverpool Bay. Protos is also home to plans for the UK’s first plastic-to-hydrogen facility and a 49MW energy from waste facility currently under construction. The project will support the North West’s ambitions to be the first low carbon industrial cluster by 2030 and one of the first Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) clusters identified in the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan.
The funding granted by BEIS will support phase one of the InBECCS project, which includes the design of a 20 tonne CO2 per day demonstrator. Following completion of phase one, there is the potential for a further £5 million to be made available by BEIS to fund deployment of the technology. If successful, the second phase of the project, due to begin in 2022, will see the demonstration plant built and operated. It is part of a £166.5 million funding package..