Veolia and Carbon Clean in carbon capture trials

Veolia in partnership with Carbon Clean are working on carbon capture trails at Veolia’s Energy Recovery Facilities (ERFs). If successful, this will be the first UK application of the technology to ERFs.

The trial utilises a significantly smaller scale, making it suitable to be retrofitted into ERFs to enable carbon dioxide to be extracted from combustion flue gas emissions. Veolia currently operates ten ERFs that take around 2.3 million tonnes of non-recyclable waste and transform this into electricity. The project to enable the capture and storage of CO2 emissions from the process will enable ERFs to contribute further towards the circular economy.

The carbon captured by the new applications will either be stored permanently, or used in greenhouses to boost plant growth, in the production of building materials such as concrete or in the production of organic chemicals that make up solvents, synthetic rubber and plastics.

Gavin Graveson, the executive VP of UK and Ireland commented: “This project marks another significant step forward for the industry by making it possible for Energy Recovery Facilities to contribute to the environment through lowering carbon and delivering landfill diversion, grid resilience, district heating and carbon capture. By using the potential of non-recyclable waste to generate energy and support communities, we can power the low carbon cities of the future.”

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