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Veolia UK and Carbon Clean Solutions to trial carbon capture in EfW plants

Veolia UK Ltd, a subsidiary of global resource management major Veolia Group is set to become the first UK operator of Energy Recovery Facilities (ERF) to demonstrate the latest carbon capture technology with Carbon Clean Solutions Pvt Ltd (Carbon Clean), a global leader in low-cost carbon capture technology.

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Veolia UK Ltd, a subsidiary of global resource management major Veolia Group is set to become the first UK operator of Energy Recovery Facilities (ERF) to demonstrate the latest carbon capture technology with Carbon Clean Solutions Pvt Ltd (Carbon Clean), a global leader in low-cost carbon capture technology. Veolia UK’s energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities transform non-recyclable waste into energy for over 400 000 homes (photo courtesy Veolia UK).

According to a statement, the companies have been working in partnership for four years, and the new joint project will highlight how the latest patented technology can work effectively on Energy from Waste (EfW) plants. Teams from the partnership have already started work on the project with the trial estimated to start during Spring 2021.

This project marks another significant step forward for the industry by making it possible for Energy Recovery Facilities to contribute to the environment through lowering carbon and delivering landfill diversion, grid resilience, district heating, and carbon capture. By using the potential of non-recyclable waste to generate energy and support communities, we can power the low carbon cities of the future, said Gavin Graveson, Veolia EVP of the UK and Ireland.

In the UK, Veolia currently operates ten EfW plants that take around 2.3 million tonnes of non-recyclable waste and transform this into electricity for over 400,000 homes. This combined generating capacity of 180MWe takes the pressure off the stretched UK electrical grid and effectively avoids using fossil fuels for generation.

Some of these facilities also produce heating for communities through district heating networks, by using combined heat and power (CHP) technology. As an estimated 20 percent of the nation’s carbon emissions are generated by domestic heating, due to a low standard of energy efficiency, using this type of non-fossil fuel heating lowers carbon emissions and can help reduce cost, and fuel poverty, in vulnerable groups.

Effective and energy-efficient retrofit carbon capture solution

This latest Carbon Clean technology is significantly smaller than other technologies, making it suited to retrofit applications, such as EfW, and will extract and purify carbon dioxide (CO2) from combustion flue gas emissions into a valuable commodity that can form part of a new carbon circular economy.

A specific solvent has been developed to extract CO2 from industrial gases with low energy input. The captured CO2 is then compressed and/or liquified to be used in an industrial application or for permanent storage.

Potential applications for the captured carbon include: use in greenhouses to boost plant growth, building materials such as concrete, production of organic chemicals that make up solvents, synthetic rubber, and plastics. Other uses cover the creation of synthetic fuels and the production of carbon materials such as graphene, carbon nanotubes, and carbon fibres.

We are delighted to be partnering with Veolia to deliver on our shared goal of decarbonising the Energy from Waste sector. This partnership with the operating experience of Veolia will help us bring the cost of carbon capture to US$30 per tonne, which will accelerate the take-up of the next generation modularised technology across the sector and beyond, said Aniruddha Sharma, CEO of Carbon Clean Solutions.

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