NIA member Promethean Particles is participating in the pilot trial of a new carbon capture technology in partnership with the University of Nottingham and the renewable energy company Drax.

The pilot, which is scheduled to last for two months, will test a pioneering bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) process at the Drax's North Yorkshire power station, allowing to verify its performance in real conditions on large-scale projects. The process uses a type of solid sorbent called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), developed and deployed by Promethean Particles, to capture the CO2 released when sustainable biomass is used to generate electricity. This is a novel approach, as carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies typically use liquid solvents; MOFs have a simple structure, meaning they can be tailored to separate and soak up specific molecules, thus making them excellent for CCS purposes.

James Stephenson, CEO of Promethean Particles, said: “There is exciting potential for MOFs to deliver a more efficient CCS. By collaborating with Drax and the University of Nottingham, we can show how they can perform in a real industrial setting and drive a step change in their availability and cost effectiveness.”

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