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HZI, enfinium to pilot UK’s first WtE carbon capture

HZI, enfinium to pilot UK’s first WtE carbon capture
The Ferrybridge 1 waste-to-energy (WtE) facility is in the foreground, with Ferrybridge 2 in the background (photo courtesy enfinium).

Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI), a global leader in waste-to-energy and renewable gas technologies, has announced that it is partnering with enfinium to build and operate the UK’s first carbon capture pilot plant at a Waste-to-Energy (WtE) facility.

HZI has been chosen by enfinium to deliver pilot trials with a mobile, containerized plant for carbon capture (CC) at the existing Ferrybridge 1 waste-to-energy (WtE) facility in West Yorkshire.

The CC plant will use HZI’s amine-scrubbing technology. This has been designed to seamlessly interface with enfinium’s onsite WtE operations.

The pilot plant being supplied by HZI will be a scaled-down version of the CC technology, which could be applied to WtE facilities on a commercial scale.

The unit will capture up to one tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) per day from enfinium’s operations at the Ferrybridge 1 site in West Yorkshire. The new facility will trial different amine-based solvents for at least 12 months and will be operational from July 2024.

It gives us tremendous pride to collaborate with enfinium on this important carbon capture project and together continue to move the dial on decarbonization across the UK’s waste management infrastructure, said Bruno-Frédéric Baudouin, CEO of HZI.

First of its kind

This CC pilot plant will be the first of its kind in the UK’s WtE sector and is a significant milestone for HZI.

If the trial is successful, it will allow HZI to apply its CC technology on a commercial scale at this WtE facility and other plants around the world.

This initiative is evidence of HZI’s move beyond waste to energy and into so-called ‘waste to X’, where outputs, including energy generation, now extend beyond maximizing heat use and the recovery of more metals into vital CO2 reduction and more. Projects such as this represent a crucial step in the journey towards enhanced decarbonization, resource circularity, and supply security, allowing us all to aim for a future free of ‘wasted’ waste, said Bruno-Frédéric Baudouin.

Using HZI’s CC technology will allow the vital data gathered from testing to be analyzed to demonstrate the future “scalability” of CO2 removal technology across enfinium’s fleet of WtE facilities.

Simultaneously, enfinium will be able to utilize this pilot plant to optimize its long-term onsite operations by customizing the testing and training programs for its employees, while at the same time reducing future financial investment risks to decarbonize its long-term operations.

Installing carbon capture technology at energy from waste facilities is the only way the UK can decarbonize its unrecyclable waste. It also offers benefits including creating durable carbon removals, or negative emissions, at scale and generating reliable homegrown power. This groundbreaking partnership with HZI will allow us to test multiple capture techniques that could in the future be deployed across our facilities at scale, said Mike Maudsley, CEO of enfinium.

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