Tata Chemicals Europe opened the UK’s first industrial scale carbon capture and usage plant
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Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE), a leading producer of sodium carbonate, salt, and sodium bicarbonate, has invested £20 million in industrial scale carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) plant. The plant captures 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, which is like taking 20,000 cars off the road. It reduces TCE’s carbon emissions by 10%. The project will help unlock the future of carbon capture by showing the technology’s viability and demonstrating how it can be used to remove carbon dioxide from power plant emissions and in high-end manufacturing.
For the first time, carbon dioxide captured from energy generation emissions is being purified to food and pharmaceutical grade and used to make sodium bicarbonate, which will be called Ecokarb®. Unique and innovative, this process is patented in the UK with more patents pending in key territories around the world.
Ecokarb® will be exported to over 60 countries. The sodium bicarbonate exported will be used for haemodialysis to treat people with kidney problems.
This carbon capture plant, which was funded with a £4.2m grant through the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”) Energy Innovation Programme, marks a major step towards sustainable manufacturing because TCE will make net-zero sodium bicarbonate and one of the lowest carbon footprint sodium carbonate products in the world.
Martin Ashcroft, Managing Director of Tata Chemicals Europe, said:
The CCU demonstration plant enables us to reduce our carbon emissions, whilst securing supplies of a critical raw material, helping to grow the export of our products across the world.
“With the support of our parent company, Tata Chemicals, and BEIS, we have been able to deliver this hugely innovative project, enabling our UK operations to take a major step in our carbon emissions reduction journey. Since 2000 we’ve reduced our carbon intensity by 50% and have a clear roadmap to reduce this by 80% by 2030.”
Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business and Energy, said:
This cutting-edge plant, backed by £4.2 million government funding, demonstrates how carbon capture is attracting new private capital into the UK and is boosting new innovation in green technologies.
For more information visit: Carbon Capture & Utilisation | www.tatachemicalseurope.com.