UK's First Waste To Energy Carbon Capture Pilot Plant Unveiled

29th April 2024

Enfinium, a waste-to-energy operator based in the UK, has unveiled plans to inject £800 million into a carbon capture and storage (CCS) venture at its facility in West Yorkshire. Teaming up with green technology firm Hitachi Zosen Inova, Enfinium intends to set up the UK’s maiden energy-from-waste carbon capture pilot at its Ferrybridge-1 plant in West Yorkshire.

UK's First Waste To Energy Carbon Capture Pilot Plant Unveiled

Upon becoming operational by 2030, the CCS technology installed at Enfinium’s Ferrybridge 1 and 2 facilities will have the capacity to capture approximately 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually. This figure encompasses over 600,000 tonnes of durable, high-quality carbon removals. This achievement would be akin to eliminating the carbon emissions of every household in Manchester from the atmosphere. With CCS integration, Ferrybridge is poised to emerge as one of Europe's most substantial carbon removal initiatives.

The technology supplied by HZI will manifest as a scaled-down, containerized iteration of CCS technology adaptable for commercial deployment at energy-from-waste facilities. This unit is slated to capture up to one tonne of CO2 per day from Enfinium’s operations at the Ferrybridge-1 site in West Yorkshire. The trial is slated to run for a minimum of 12 months, with operational commencement slated for July 2024.

This pioneering pilot marks a significant achievement for HZI, heralding the commencement of Europe's first mobilized effort of its kind. It signifies a pivotal milestone for HZI, aiming to bolster its esteemed standing in the energy-from-waste and renewable sectors by introducing novel decarbonisation solutions to its clientele.

The pilot initiative seeks to showcase the application of carbon capture technology at energy-from-waste facilities to extract CO2 from the atmosphere. Through this endeavor, Enfinium aims to evaluate various amine solvents and gather authentic performance data, including CO2 capture rate, energy consumption, and solvent degradation.

This pilot initiative forms part of Enfinium’s broader vision to spearhead an investment totaling up to £800 million in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) at its Ferrybridge 1 & 2 facilities. Once operational, these combined facilities are projected to capture over 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 annually. With the integration of CCS technology, the UK's largest energy-from-waste site is poised to transition into one of Europe's premier carbon removal initiatives.

Enfinium is a leading UK energy from waste operator with four operational sites in the UK, in West Yorkshire, Kent and Flintshire, and two in construction. Enfinium diverts 2.3 million tonnes of non recyclable waste from climate-damaging landfill, putting it to good use by turning it into home grown energy, enough to power 500,000 UK homes. Enfinium’s ambition is to transform its facilities into local 'decarbonisation hubs' powered by the millions of tonnes of non recyclable waste the UK will produce for decades to come. Using existing energy from waste infrastructure, enfinium could contribute to heat networks, produce electrolytic hydrogen, or use carbon capture technology to provide durable, high quality carbon removals which will be critical for the UK to achieve net zero by 2050.

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