Bioenergy with carbon capture use and storage (BECCS) - Drax

Bioenergy with carbon capture use and storage (BECCS)

We began to pilot the first bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project of its kind in Europe at Drax Power Station in October 2018.

The pilot project with C-Capture technology captured its first carbon in early 2019.

A second BECCS pilot facility will be installed within the North Yorkshire power plant’s carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) incubation area in autumn 2020. The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) facility will enhance Drax’s technical understanding for delivering negative emissions at the UK’s largest renewable power station.

Graphic showing carbon capture process at Drax Power Station from mid 2020s

Becoming the world’s first carbon negative power station 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.

Zero Carbon Humber isometric graphic

Drax Power Station’s 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.

How to turn CO2 into fish food

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.