Ed Davey announces £20 million ETI project to develop advanced carbon capture technology

THE Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, has today launched a new technology project which could see up to £20 million being invested by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to develop and verify advanced carbon capture technology. The announcement, which was marked by a visit to consortium member, Howden’s Global head office and UK factory in Renfrew, near Glasgow, could help cut carbon dioxide emissions cut by up to 95 per cent.

Ian Brander, CEO of Howden Group explains: “We’re absolutely delighted that the ETI has commissioned and funded a consortium to deliver this project. The creation of this project will mean that a 5MW carbon capture demonstration plant capable of capturing up to 95 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions designed, built and tested by 2016. The technology will be designed to be used on new-build Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power stations or to retrofit Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) onto CCGT power stations, which, in the longer term, will help position the UK as a leading provider of next generation low carbon technologies.”

The technology that will be employed by the consortium is based around post combustion capture using a structured carbon adsorbent, housed within a rotating bed. An initial assessment by the ETI suggests that the technology could reduce the typical cost of electricity by 13 per cent when compared to current CCS technology*. The first phase of the project will see the ETI invest £1.6 million in a small scale demonstrator prototype, laboratory work and techno-economic assessment to confirm the projected benefits. This will then be followed by a conceptual design for the larger-scale demonstrator plant.

Once this initial stage completes, the ETI then expects to invest up to £20 million over three years in the detailed design, assembly and testing of a UK demonstrator plant. The technology is expected to be capable of large-scale deployment by 2020, at a cost and performance level which could make investment more attractive to project developers.

Dr David Clarke, Chief Executive, ETI, said: “We expect CCS to be a key component in a future affordable, secure, low carbon UK energy system. Given the potential it offers, the technology around CCS requires investment now to build its economic viability and help extend its role in any future UK energy system design.”

“With a large and relatively young CCGT fleet in operation, and the prospect of new builds continuing into the future, we are likely to enter 2020 with 30GW of CCGT capacity, much of which will require retrofit with CCS by 2030 if we are to meet UK CO2 reduction targets. Newly developed technology which reduces costs and accelerates deployment for new builds and retrofits by 2030 is both salient and timely.”

Brander adds: “The UK government’s initiative in creating the ETI to accelerate the development of low carbon technologies has helped bring together an innovative gas separation technology developer with two world leading UK-based engineering companies; both of whom are well established within the global power generation industry. We have all become increasingly aware of the effects of climate change and the need to reduce CO2 emissions from energy intensive industries. As a consortium, we recognise that this need for change provides a proactive opportunity to use our knowledge and experience to develop products and systems that will help in meeting CO2 reduction targets.”

The consortium will be led by Inventys in collaboration with Howden, Doosan Power Systems and MAST. Howden will manufacture the large rotating devices in which the carbon adsorbents will be housed; Inventys will design the carbon dioxide capture process and system known as VeloxoTherm; Doosan Power Systems will provide expertise in the area of engineering design, system integration and assessing the commercial value of developing such technology; MAST will provide the expertise in manufacturing the carbon adsorbent material; and ETI member Rolls-Royce, will provide specialist engineering support for the project.

This project adds to the ETI’s existing £33 million investment in its CCS technology programme, which aims to build CCS infrastructure capability for the UK.

● * The 13 per cent reduction is based on the Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE.)

The ETI has recently completed a major study to assess carbon dioxide storage capacity in the UK. ETI’s current activity in this field includes a CCS system modelling tool-kit to help support the future design, operation and roll-out of cost effective UK-based CCS systems and the commissioning last year of a £23.5 million CCS Next Generation Coal Capture Technology Demonstrator project.

● The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public-private partnership between global industries – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government.

● Public sector representation is through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with funding channelled through the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The Department of Energy and Climate Change are observers on the Board.

The ETI is focused on accelerating the deployment of affordable, secure low-carbon energy systems for 2020 to 2050 by demonstrating technologies, developing knowledge, skills and supply-chains and informing the development of regulation, standards and policy.

Doosan Power Systems builds, maintains and extends the life of power plants across the world. From full Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) contracts for major power projects we also offer a wide breadth of products and services to power and industrial customers.

About MAST Carbon International:

MAST carries out research, development and small scale production in the field of advanced carbon materials for a wide range of applications including water and air purification, energy storage, military and biomedical products. The Carbon Capture process offers a world scale opportunity for MAST and the UK manufacturing sector.

About Howden:

Howden is one of the world’s largest and longest established manufacturers of air and gas handling equipment. The company was established in Glasgow in 1854 as an engineering firm, and has grown to become a worldwide organisation with over 4,000 employees and companies in 21 countries. Howden is owned by Colfax Corporation, and designs and supplies heavy duty industrial fans, rotary heater exchangers, compressors and gas cleaning equipment to customer specifications. Howden products will typically be highly engineered to perform at the optimum level for customers in Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Mining and Metal Refining plants internationally, amongst many other energy intensive, environmental and heavy industrial applications.


For further information, please call David Herbertson, Corporate Communications Manager at Howden on 0141 885 7918.

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