CCS trial to begin at Ferrybridge EfW plant in UK


British waste to energy plant operator Enfinium plans to launch a carbon capture trial this summer using technology supplied by Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI). The scaled down, containerised facility is to be installed at Enfinium's Ferrybridge 1 waste facility in West Yorkshire and to have the capacity to capture around 1 tonne of CO2 per day. Start-up is planned for July 2024.

The scheduled trial run of at least twelve months would give Enfinium time to compare different amine solvents and collect realistic data on performance, such as CO2 capture rate, energy consumption, and solvent degradation, the plant operator said.

The partnership with HZI would allow Enfinium to test multiple capture techniques that could in the future be deployed across our facilities at scale, said CEO Mike Maudsley.

Enfinium announced plans at the end of last year "to lead an investment of up to £800m (€936m) in carbon capture and storage (CCS) at its Ferrybridge 1 & 2 facilities". It is estimated that more than 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 could be captured annually at the energy from waste (EfW) plants.

Enfinium is seeking planning permission for that larger project. The Ferrybridge decarbonisation project was designated "nationally significant" by the secretary of state for energy security and net zero in February. A statutory consultation is to take place later this year in preparation for the submission of a development consent application to the Planning Inspectorate in late 2025.

The pilot project set to go online this summer would is expected to contribute significantly to HZI's carbon capture knowledge base, according to the technology company's CEO, Bruno-Frédéric Baudouin.

Enfinium and HZI have an established relationship. The Swiss waste to energy technology company was the EPC contractor for the Ferrybridge 1 & 2 plants and it is currently the EPC contractor for the Enfinium's Skelton Grange EfW, currently under construction in Leeds. That plant is due to be operational next year.

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