First Carbon Capture Projects At Glass Plants Launched By C-Capture

C-Capture Initiates $3.3 Million Project At Two UK Glass Manufacturers - Carbon Herald
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C-Capture, a UK company that designs chemical processes for CO2 capture, has launched a record $3.3 (£2.7) million project that will deploy CO2 capture tech at two glass manufacturing sites in the UK. 

C-Capture will assess its solvent-based technology with flue gas at the Glass Futures’ and NSG Pilkington’s sites, both of which are based in St Helens, UK. 

$2 million in funding comes from the BEIS Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, which totals £1 billion. It is part of the Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Innovation 2.0 programme, which is worth $24 million (£20 million) , and strives to speed up innovative technology in the sector in the UK. 

The $3.3 million project, named XLR8 CCS, will be led together with Wood, a company that delivers professional consultancy services. In addition to delivering feasibility studies, the project will deploy carbon capture solvent compatibility units in the cement, Energy from Waste and glass industries.

For the first time ever, a CO2 capture and storage unit will be established at a glass manufacturing facility. 

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“This project has the potential to build a better understanding of the technology and associated economics and risks, thus breaking down barriers for the glass sector to develop and adopt carbon capture technologies,” said Rob Ireson, Innovation and Partnerships Manager at Glass Futures. “As such we’re delighted to have this opportunity to work with C-Capture and NSG to help lead the first demonstration of a carbon-capture technology on an industrial glass furnace.”

A $2.4 billion (£2 billion) industry in the UK, glass is responsible for more than 2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in the country. 

While CCUS is considered to play a crucial role on the road to decarbonization, some issues such as cost, technology maturity and flue gas compatibility in different industries still hinder its adoption. 

The successful implementation of the project would bring commercial scalability of CO2 facilities in the glass, cement and Energy from Waste industries by 2030. It has the potential to help capture millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. 

Read more: What Is Carbon Capture Technology?

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