Drax will host Europe’s first bioenergy CCS project

25th May 2018 | Commercial Energy

Drax Power Station in Yorkshire, UK, will pilot Europe’s first bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project by capturing carbon produced via biomass combustion.

Drax generates around 6% of Britain’s electricity and has already converted three of its six units to burn wood pellets instead of coal. A fourth unit will be converted for biomass combustion by the end of the year. Drax has now partnered with C-Capture, a spin-out from the University of Leeds, to investigate the possibility of carbon capture from biomass.

The project will determine if C-Capture’s solvent is compatible with the biomass flue gas at Drax. As burning biomass produces much lower levels of sulphur compared to coal, another test will investigate the possibility of re-purposing the flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) absorbers at the power station.


If the feasibility study is successful, C-Capture will proceed to the second phase of the pilot in the autumn by installing a demonstration unit at the plant. Using the new technology, the electricity produced at Drax would be carbon negative by removing more CO2 from the atmosphere than is created through the sourcing and burning of wood pellets.

“If the world is to achieve the targets agreed in Paris and pursue a cleaner future, negative emissions are a must – and BECCS is a leading technology to help achieve it,” said Will Gardiner, CEO of Drax Group. “This pilot is the UK’s first step, but it won’t be the only one at Drax. We will soon have four operational biomass units, which provide us with a great opportunity to test different technologies that cold allow Drax, the country and the world, to deliver negative emissions and start to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”

“We have developed fundamentally new chemistry to capture CO2 and have shown that it should be suitable for capturing the carbon produced from bioenergy processes,” said Chris Rayner, founder of C-Capture. “The key part is now to move it from our own facilities and in the real world of Drax.

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