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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 145, April 2024

Category: bioenergy
Published: 24/04/2024
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

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Foreword

This month we take a closer look at the developments regarding Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) within the UK and around the globe. enfinium, a leading UK energy from waste operator, announced that it will progress its plans to invest around £200 million in CCS technology at the Parc Adfer energy-from-waste facility in Deeside, North Wales. The facility successfully reroutes up to 232,000 tonnes per annum of unrecyclable waste from climate detrimental landfill. The captured carbon, which is thought to be around 235,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum, will be transported using the pipeline network currently being developed in the region for the HyNet (Wales) carbon capture cluster. It is currently unclear whether the money will be sourced entirely through their bidding for a UK government grant (i.e., ‘Track-1' carbon capture programme) or a combination of the latter and their own investments.

Viridor, a UK-based waste management company, has reached agreement with the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) on how it will deliver a CCS project at its Runcorn Energy-from-waste (EfW) facility. The company, with Government support, will invest more than £500m to capture the carbon produced from the plant. Carbon will be captured, transported to Liverpool Bay and then safely stored in depleted oil and gas reservoirs under the seabed through the HyNet (Northwest) pipeline. The company has since proceeded to commission two partners to progress the project to the next stage of development. Technip Energies was awarded the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract and Ficthner has been chosen to provide Owner’s Engineer (OE) services. As part of the FEED study, Technip Energies will deliver a design using its Canopy by T.EN solution powered by the Shell CANSOLV CO2 capture technology.

Other News this Month Includes:  

Policy

  • Scotland’s 2030 climate goals are no longer credible

Markets

  • Report reveals 111 bcm of sustainable biomethane potential for 2040
  • VORN Bioenergy launches VORN Bioenergy Italia
  • Elcogen raised €140m for scaling of its leading solid oxide technology for hydrogen

Research & Development

  • ENGIE New Ventures invests in WASE, a start-up developing a technology that maximises the potential of biogas as a renewable baseload energy source
  • The roads to carbon neutral – From waste to watts

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Commission approves €900 million French State aid scheme to support the production of energy and fuel from biomass and renewable hydrogen to foster the transition to a net-zero economy
  • Germany’s Move to Tighten Biomass Rules to Squeeze Industry
  • Foresta secures 10-year wood supply agreement for planned low emissions fuel plant at Kawerau

Energy from Waste

  • Leader: investment in our MRF will allow city-wide food waste collections
  • Defra temporarily halts environmental permits for new waste incineration facilities
  • £295m funding for councils to introduce weekly food waste collections

Biogas

  • Future Biogas Launches Independent Agricultural Board
  • Gas Networks Ireland announces significant investment in gas infrastructure to enable Bord na Móna’s continued transition to renewable energy
  • Low Carbon and Agrivert partner to develop European biogas platform

Carbon Capture

  • enfinium announces proposal for £200m investment in carbon capture project in North Wales
  • Viridor agrees £500m carbon capture plan
  • More...

Events

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