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UK energy department awards EUR20m to trigger carbon capture innovations

CTBR Staff Writer Published 22 November 2012

The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has selected 13 projects for a £20m award that seeks to reduce the cost of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.

CCS is employed for the safe removal and storage of carbon emissions from coal and gas plants, with the award to be drawn out of the £125m CCS research and development fund.

DECC secretary Edward Davey earmarked CCS to be a great area for the country's research industry to explore into.

"The UK's clear commitment to CCS is underlined by innovative companies like Carbon Clean Solutions choosing the UK as their global technology hub and NET Power and Toshiba choosing British manufacturer Goodwins for its world leading expertise," added Davey.

As part of the funding, Millennium Generation will receive £5.8m to build a pilot plant in Stainforth, Doncaster in partnership with Calix, HEL East and the Imperial College.

US-based NET Power will work with Stoke-based Goodwins and Japanese company Toshiba to develop high-pressure turbines using a £4.98m grant.

In addition to research into CCS the awards are also expected to help companies and universities to expand their own markets while creating new jobs.