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The Technology Strategy Board has announced a joint GBP15m initiative to develop technologies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from power stations and other CO2-intensive process industries.

The Technology Strategy Board, working in partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and The Northern Way, will invest the GBP15m through its Collaborative Research and Development programme.

Iain Gray, chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said: ‘The challenge is to find cost effective, energy efficient solutions to CO2 reductions that are highly reliable and durable.

‘Carbon Abatement Technologies have the potential to reduce carbon emissions from fossil-fuel power stations by up to 90 per cent and have significant export potential.’ The funding will be allocated, through a competition that will open in June, to innovative research, development, component and pilot-scale demonstration projects that involve science-to-business and business-to-business collaborations.

As well as supporting established industries, the programme will also provide the foundation and opportunities for new market entrants, spin-off companies and produce spill-over benefits to and from other sectors.

Proposals are invited for research and development projects to be financed by this initiative, focusing on one or more of the following topics: * Improving the efficiency of existing and developing technologies to support the extra demands placed upon equipment operating in aggressive environments.

This includes developments in boiler technologies for efficient coal combustion; steam and gas turbine technologies to accommodate higher temperatures and pressures; and improved gasifiers for syngas production and including air separation.

* Technologies that support fuel switching to lower carbon alternatives such as co-firing of fossil fuel with biomass and/or wastes.

* Advanced gasification technologies.

* Improving technologies for reducing CO2 emissions from large single-point sources of CO2 in processing plants (for example cement, metals and petrochemical).

* Further developing existing CO2-capture technologies including pre- and post-combustion and oxy-fuel firing and associated technologies, to improve their efficiency and reduce capital and running costs.

These will include technologies for: natural gas processing with carbon capture to produce hydrogen; carbon capture for pulverised coal technology, including technologies such as oxy-fuel firing and amine scrubbing; gasification with syngas production; membrane technologies for CO2; and oxygen separation.

* Developing CO2 compression and handling technologies for subsequent transport and storage.

* Developing technologies associated with the safe transport and storage of CO2.

* Technologies for the alternative uses of CO2 (such as an industrial feedstock) that are economic, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

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