BEIS supports CSS’ carbon capture technology


United Kingdom – Grant expert Catax reports that a pioneer in the development of hydrogen fuel, CSS, has received £247K in funding to perfect carbon capture technology that will help reduce the environmental impact of its waste-to-hydrogen plants.

Compact Syngas Solutions (CSS) has received £246,568 from the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio’s Hydrogen BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage) Innovation Programme (NZIP).

With the help of several partners across the UK, CSS, a Welsh company based in Deeside, had already been awarded a BEIS grant worth nearly £300,000 earlier this year to advance its waste-to-hydrogen production technology. The Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 Program, which is a component of the Government’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, provided that funding (NZIP).

With the most recent funding, CSS will be able to create technology that will enable it to capture the carbon produced during gasification. This technology will be made possible by a partnership with grant funding consultants Catax. Syngas is created through this process, which is the first step in creating pure hydrogen from waste that would have otherwise gone to a landfill. Syngas is a mixture of gases that contains up to 20% hydrogen.


With the money, CSS will investigate whether it is possible to separate and store CO2 during gasification using water. In the past, amines, which are produced from ammonia, have been used to separate carbon. Before CSS moves on to a full-scale prototype later in the project when Phase 2 funding of £5 million will be accessible, a test rig will be constructed.

The developed solution will need to be transportable enough to be offered for sale to commercial clients. However, the carbon capture procedure must also improve the effectiveness of hydrogen production and contribute to a reduction in overall carbon emissions. Each of the 10 Micro H2 hubs (each with four gasifiers) that CSS eventually intends to construct will be able to generate 60kg of hydrogen daily while also removing 3,168kg of CO2. When fully implemented, three sizable Waste-to-Syngas-to-Liquid-Fuel facilities could be built in the UK, with a combined annual CO2 capture capacity of 50,100 tonnes.

The use of technology will be crucial in assisting the UK in achieving its Net Zero 2050 goal. Waste-to-hydrogen production keeps waste out of the landfill and creates a fuel without any by-products that contribute to global warming. In addition to its many industrial applications, hydrogen can also be used as a vehicle fuel.