NSG Reports Successful Start to First Carbon Capture Trial

March 11th, 2024 by Editor

NSG Group recently announced that Europe’s first carbon capture trial on a flat glass manufacturing plant has successfully started. The trial involves the company’s UK Group, as part of a national project led by C-Capture.

The trial forms part of the XLR8 CCS – Accelerating the Deployment of a Low-Cost Carbon Capture Solution for Hard-to-Abate Industries project. Led by C-Capture, developers of technology for CO2 removal, XLR8 CCS aims to demonstrate that a low-cost carbon capture solution is a reality for difficult-to-decarbonize industries in the race to net-zero energy performance.

XLR8CCS Project Partners, including R&D Project Manager Caio Mendonca in the
center. Photo courtesy of NSG.

“We are proud to announce a significant step on the path to net zero with the successful start of our carbon capture trial in the glass manufacturing industry. Carbon capture is an essential part of the raft of solutions that are urgently needed to tackle climate change,” said Tom White, C-Capture’s CEO.

“Currently though, barriers such as cost, technology maturity and compatibility within multiple industries, are preventing the widespread adoption of carbon capture,” White said. “It is also extremely robust and suitable for use in industries such as glass and cement which are essential to the economy but difficult to decarbonize, due to the high level of impurities in their flue gases.”

XLR8 CCS is funded by the UK’s Department of Energy Security and Net Zero, with £1.7 million of funding secured from its £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. The funding is part of the £20 million Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Innovation 2.0 program, aimed at accelerating the deployment of next-generation CCUS technology in the UK. Additional private sector contributions support a £2.7 million total for this multi-industry project.

One of C-Capture’s carbon capture solvent compatibility units (CCSCUs) has now been deployed at Pilkington UK’s float furnace at the Greengate glass manufacturing site in St. Helens, part of NSG Group. Following pre-installation commissioning at C-Capture, the unit was connected at the base of UK5 furnace chimney. The CCSCU is now successfully separating CO2 from the waste flue gas.

The trial at the Greengate site will continue for several months to assess the compatibility of C-Capture’s proprietary solvent-based technology with real-world flue gases from an industrial glass-making furnace. A further five carbon capture trials will take place across the UK as part of the XLR8 CCS project at industrial sites owned by project partners.

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