C-Capture’s pioneering carbon capture solution has won the Breakthrough of the Year Award at Business Green’s inaugural Technology Festival, held in London on December 5th. The Festival celebrated some of the UK’s most exciting green tech start-ups and companies.
C-Capture is the designer of world-leading and innovative chemical processes for carbon dioxide removal. It uses biodegradable chemical solvents to remove carbon dioxide, offering a safer and more cost-effective alternative to current technologies – for application in power generation and in heavy industry.
It is working with Drax Group to progress their bioenergy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project at Drax Power Station in north Yorkshire. The project, if scaled-up, would enable Drax Power Station to become the world’s first negative emissions power station in the 2020s.
C-Capture, based in Leeds, was formed in Professor Chris Rayner as a spin-out from Leeds University with funding from IP Group. IP Group and the University both remain shareholders in C-Capture, alongside Drax Group and BP Ventures.
Professor Chris Rayner said: “Winning the Business Green Award is fantastic, and rounds off an excellent year for us, in particular the progress we are making with our BECCS trial at Drax. The support of Drax and our other shareholders, as well as the grant support received from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is invaluable in moving our technology through to the scale required. 2020 is set to be another exciting year, as our work continues at Drax and with our R&D work scaling up with SINTEF in Norway.”
“We are developing a very strong case to justify deploying our carbon capture technology on large scale CO2 emissions sources, including power stations and a wide variety of industrial facilities. Carbon capture and storage will be hugely important to achieve Net Zero in the UK and around the world, as we work to combat climate change.”