Bioenergy carbon capture use and storage (BECCS)
We began to pilot the first bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project of its kind in Europe in October 2018, which, if successful and scaled up, could make Drax the world’s first carbon negative power station.
It would also make Drax the hub of the UK’s first zero carbon industrial cluster – known as Zero Carbon Humber, helping to decarbonise the North of England.
Drax Power Station’s carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) incubation area also hosts a feasibility study investigating how carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could be captured and used to make proteins for sustainable animal feed products.
Another CCUS project explores the feasibility of using molten carbonate fuel cells as a technology for capturing CO2, while producing power and supplying the greenhouse gas to a neighbouring horticultural site where it will improve crop yields.
In December 2019, we announced our ambition to become the world’s first carbon negative company by 2030.
Our ambition is only achievable with an effective negative emissions policy and investment framework. The UK Government is developing those as part of its global leadership in addressing the climate crisis.