Carbon capture technology company Carbon Centric announced it will capture the emissions from Europe’s first carbon capture project on a bio-incineration plant. The facility is located in Treklyngen industry park, in Hønefoss, Norway, and is owned by the energy group Vardar Varme.
The project will be the first of its kind in Europe, with operations starting in the second half of 2024. As Vardar Varme decided to increase the heat production from 50-60 GWh to 200 GWh, biogenic CO2 emissions will also increase respectively up to 80,000 – 90,000 tonnes a year.
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The company took a step to implement emissions reduction technology to reduce its environmental footprint using Caron Centric solution. The carbon capture installation is planned to be taking more than 90% of the CO2 emissions from the incineration process.
“At this plant we will capture CO2 from a sustainable source. This opens for a wide range of user applications and for creating carbon removal certificates. This is a good example of how the heating sector can remain the best in class on climate,” said Kenneth Juul, CCO at Carbon Centric.
Carbon Centric is a startup company established in 2021 that offers modular carbon capture plants. They can take away up to 120,000 tonnes of CO2 per module and the gas can later be sold to industry, which currently uses fossil CO2, or routed to permanent storage facilities.
The company is currently working on permanent storage solutions but it meets logistical and availability challenges. In the meantime, it looks at different types of utilization.
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The services it offers include FEED, production, and installation of carbon capture, as well as the sale of sustainable food-grade CO2 and carbon removal as a service to companies interested in carbon offsets.
“We experience a lot of interest in our products and services. We make CCUS easy and attractive for the point source emitters so that they can focus on developing their own core business. It is a win-win for all parties, including the environment,” added Mr Juul.
While storing carbon at the bottom of the ocean, the seaweed mariculture also provides farmers with a food source as it regenerates the ecosystem and attracts fish and marine life. The project was selected as one of XPRIZE Carbon Removal Competition winners to receive $1 million support.