The government is to provide grant funding totalling nearly £3m to four collaborative projects that will develop and demonstrate technologies to tackle CO2 emissions.
In addition, 10 feasibility studies into innovative ideas that could significantly contribute to CO2 abatement will share an additional £650,000 of government support.
All the studies will be led by small and medium-sized enterprises.
According to a statement, the grant funding from the Technology Strategy Board will help to support innovative solutions for carbon abatement technologies for large single-point emitters of CO2 — including fossil-fuelled power plants and energy-intensive industries such as chemical and metal processing, paper, glass, ceramics and cement.
Iain Gray, chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said: ‘The development of cost-effective carbon abatement technologies is essential from both environmental and business perspectives.
‘Their successful development will contribute to economic growth and could provide the UK with significant business opportunities both nationally and in the global market.’
The four major projects will be led by E.ON New Build & Technology, Guardian Global Technologies, Newton Industrial Group and Stopford Projects.
They will carry out work leading to the development and evaluation of coating materials for advanced fossil fuel plants co-firing biomass or converted to biomass firing, and the development and demonstration of breakthrough sensor technology for monitoring CO2 storage.
They will also be responsible for the design, development and demonstration of a highly efficient aeration system for wastewater treatment plants, and the development, design, deployment and demonstration of a microwave plasma gasification plant for the generation of energy from industrial waste streams.
The 10 feasibility studies will be carried out by Applied Seismology Consultants, Calix (Europe), Carbon Sequestration, Ceram Research, cmcl innovations, Energy Environmental, European Spectrometry Systems, Latent Power Turbines, Progressive Energy and Timmins2CCS.