The UK Government awarded £83 million ($105.2 million) on June 28 to 29 projects that aim to reduce industrial emissions using technologies such as biomass, hydrogen, and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).
One of the winners is food giant Kellogg’s, which has been granted £3 million ($3.8 million) to use H2 to fuel its cereal manufacturing process in Manchester.
Consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G) won £950,000 to look into ways to integrate CO2 capture technologies into its manufacturing processes by extracting carbon from its waste streams. The project is part of a new research effort called CarbonNation, led in partnership with the University of Newcastle.
The funding comes from the UK government’s wider £1 billion ($1.27 billion) Net Zero Innovation Portfolio funding package and was announced on June 28 by Graham Stuart, Minister for Energy Security and Net Zero. The substantial investment aims to empower UK manufacturers to speed up their emissions reduction progress, Stuart said.
The funding was awarded to three main categories: 13 companies secured £52.5 million from the Industrial Fuel Switching Competition. Five projects won £21.2 million from phase two of the Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme, which turns biomass and waste materials into hydrogen using CO2 capture. 11 projects were awarded £9.2m through the UK government’s CCUS Innovation 2.0 competition, including a CO2 capture project at energy company Drax’s biomass power site in North Yorkshire. Drax’s Project MONET, which is led by chemical manufacturer Promethean Particles, has been awarded funding to test metal-organic frameworks-based negative emissions technology at the station.