enfinium Announces UK’s First Waste-To-Energy Carbon Capture Pilot

enfinium Announces UK’s First Waste-To-Energy Carbon Capture Pilot - Carbon Herald

UK waste-to-energy innovator enfinium is joining forces with green tech giant Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) to launch a groundbreaking project: the first-ever carbon capture pilot plant for an energy-from-waste facility in the UK.

HZI will provide a miniaturized carbon capture and storage (CCS) system designed for large-scale use at similar plants. 

This pilot unit, which is expected to be operational by July 2024 at enfinium’s Ferrybridge-1 site in Yorkshire, will capture up to one metric ton of CO2 daily throughout the 1-year trial. 

This European first marks a major achievement for HZI, solidifying the company’s position as a leader in clean energy solutions by offering new ways to reduce carbon emissions in the waste-to-energy industry.

The project aims to showcase how CCS technology can be used in these facilities to remove CO2 from the air. 

enfinium will use the pilot to test various filtering agents and gather real-world data on factors like capture efficiency, energy usage, and material breakdown.

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This pilot is a stepping stone for enfinium’s ambitious plan to invest up to £800 million (~$1 billion) in CCS technology for its Ferrybridge facilities, potentially capturing over 1.2 million tons of CO2 annually. 

With CCS in place, this, the UK’s largest energy-from-waste site, could become a leading carbon removal project in Europe.

Mike Maudsley, CEO of enfinium, said: “Installing carbon capture technology on energy from waste facilities is the only way the UK can decarbonise its unrecyclable waste. It also offers benefits including creating durable carbon removals, or negative emissions, at scale and generating reliable homegrown carbon negative power.”

“This ground-breaking partnership with HZI will allow us to test multiple capture techniques that could in the future be deployed across our facilities at scale,” Maudsley stated.

Read more: Enfinium Announces Up To £800M Investment In Carbon Capture Project

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