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Compact Syngas Solutions wins £4 million for carbon capture

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Cyann Fielding

Journalist at Tank Storage Magazine.
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Compact Syngas Solutions (CSS) has secured almost £4 million (€4.6 million) in government funding to make its biomass and waste-to-hydrogen plants even greener by using carbon capture.

The funding comes from the Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (H2BECCS) Innovation Programme, run by the UK government’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ).

The new funding will help CSS build a full-scale rig to show that water can be used to separate and store carbon dioxide during the process. This has previously been achieved with amines, a potentially harmful compound derived from ammonia.

Paul Willacy, managing director of Compact Syngas Solutions, says: ‘Capturing and storing the carbon from our gasification process and the hydrogen we produce will support the drive to Net Zero and lower the environmental impact of producing this green fuel at scale. Hydrogen has a very low environmental impact, but this project will help deal efficiently with the CO2 that emerges during its production.’

During the project, the rig will run continuously for 1,000 hours, reliability testing the technology and getting it ready for commercialisation.

A single module will produce 750kg of hydrogen every day – enough to fuel a fleet of HGVs – and capture around 1,600kg of carbon dioxide.

CSS plans to build more than 50 hydrogen modules at around 15 sites, ranging from a single module to six per site offering the flexibility to suit local demand. These 50 modules will annually produce 11,000 tonnes of hydrogen, and capture 29,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

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