On 24th May 2021, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its list of approved projects selected for Phase 1 of the Direct air capture and greenhouse gas removal programme, which included plans by a UK-led consortium to develop Direct Air Capture (DAC) powered by the new Sizewell C nuclear power station.
Proposals for the pilot project were submitted as part of the Government’s Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) competition. Aimed at accelerating the development of carbon capture systems, GGR is crucial for helping the UK achieve net-zero emissions by offsetting the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) produced by industries that are difficult to decarbonise, such as agriculture and aviation.
Direct Air Capture
Direct Air Capture involves removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere which is then stored permanently so that it cannot contribute to climate change. Some CO2 can also be ‘recycled’ for other purposes such as conversion into synthetic fuels.
The unique heat-powered DAC design will offer increased efficiency and less reliance on electricity compared to existing DAC technologies. A future scaled-up implementation could contribute substantially towards the decarbonisation of difficult to decarbonise sectors and help the UK achieve its net-zero ambitions.
Speaking about Strata’s involvement, Dr Roger Kimber said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Sizewell C, the University of Nottingham, Atkins and Doosan Babcock on this DAC project, bringing our extensive carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) knowledge and process development experience to the consortium.”
Read the full Sizewell C press statement here.
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