The UK government has selected 15 carbon removal projects to receive £54 million ($64 million), the recipients include Rolls-Royce, Mission Zero Technologies and others.
The campaign aims to support the development of novel carbon removal technologies, such as Direct Air Capture (DAC), Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), biochar and seawater and is the second phase of the Direct Air Capture and Greenhouse Gas Removal technologies competition.
Phase 1 of the competition saw 23 winners receive part of the £5.6 million ($6.7 million) funding, of which only 15 have moved onto Phase 2.
In turn, the funding received in this second round of the competition will help these projects through the demonstration stage and propel them towards commercialization.
Each project secured a grant worth £3 million ($3.6 million).
Rolls-Royce, as one of the carbon removal grant recipients, is currently working on building its demonstrator DAC system, which was designed in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).
Set to be built in Derby, the demonstrator is expected to become operational in 2023 and remove over 100 metric tons of c\arbon from the atmosphere annually.
In a comment on how the firm’s technology works, Jess Poole, direct air capture lead for Rolls-Royce, said: “Our system combines our expertise in moving large quantities of air efficiently and integrating complex systems, which have been gained from designing world-leading jet engines, with novel DAC technology developed by CSIRO.”
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