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CSS awarded €295,000 in funding to perfect carbon capture technology

Grants specialist Catax has revealed that a hydrogen pioneer has secured €295 (£247,000) in funding to perfect carbon capture technology that will help mitigate the environmental impact of its hydrogen processing plants. hydrogen waste.

Compact Syngas Solutions (CSS) has won €294,487 (£246,568) under the Hydrogen BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage) innovation program, managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and funded by the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP).

CSS, based in Deeside, Wales, had already won a BEIS grant worth almost €358.4 (£300,000) earlier this year to advance its waste-to-hydrogen technology with a number of partners across the UK.

This funding came from the Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 program, which is also part of the government’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP).

The latest funding, secured through a partnership with grant funding consultants Catax, will help CSS develop technology to capture the carbon produced during gasification. This is the process that produces syngas, which is a cocktail of gases comprising up to 20% hydrogen. This is the first step in producing pure hydrogen from waste that would otherwise have gone to landfill.

CSS said it will use the funding to explore the feasibility of using water as a medium to separate CO2 during gasification and store it. In the past, carbon separation was traditionally accomplished using amines, which are derived from ammonia. A testbed will be built before CSS moves to a full-scale prototype later in the project when the £5m Phase 2 funding becomes available. .

The solution under development will need to be portable enough to be easily transported and sold to commercial customers. However, the carbon capture process itself should also promote efficient hydrogen production and help reduce overall carbon emissions.

The 10 Micro H2 hubs (with four gasifiers) that CSS plans to eventually build will each be capable of producing 60 kg of hydrogen and capturing 3,168 kg of CO2 each day. Large-scale deployment could see three large Waste-to-Syngas-to-Liquid-Fuel plants built in the UK which between them could capture 50,100 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The technology will be key to helping the UK reach its Net Zero 2050 target, according to CSS and Catax. Generating waste into hydrogen diverts waste from landfill and produces a fuel that has no greenhouse gas byproducts. Hydrogen has many industrial uses but can also be used as a fuel for vehicles.

Paul Willacy, Managing Director of CSS, said: “We are delighted to have successfully secured government funding for our BECCS Innovation hydrogen project.

“The ability to capture and store carbon from our gasification process while producing hydrogen will support the transition to Net Zero and reduce the environmental impact of producing this green fuel at scale.

“Hydrogen itself has a very low environmental impact, but we still need to effectively manage the CO2 that is released during its production, and that will be the focus of this project.”

Karen Taylor, Grants Group Leader at innovation finance specialist Catax, said: “Carbon capture is the final piece of the puzzle in the hydrogen production story, and CSS is committed to making of the United Kingdom a world leader in this technology.

“It is hoped that efficient hydrogen production will put the UK on the fast track to Net Zero and that its impact will be felt by all of us, from how we travel to what powers the machines that build our homes and produce the goods we buy.”