The government has provided funding for Sizewell C, Britain’s planned new nuclear power station, to develop “direct air capture” that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The £250,000 of funds, under a government investment programme for low-carbon technologies, could allow Sizewell C to power a system that stores captured carbon so that it cannot contribute to climate change. Some of the stored CO2 also could be “recycled” for other purposes, such as conversion into synthetic fuels. The project is being developed by a consortium including experts in carbon capture at the University of Nottingham, Atkins and Strata Technology, the engineering companies, and Doosan Babcock, an energy technology business.
Times 25th May 2021 read more »
The proposed Sizewell C nuclear power project has secured £250,000 to develop technology that could potentially help it become ‘carbon-negative’. The proposed Sizewell C nuclear power project on the Suffolk coast has today secured £250,000 in government funding to develop direct air capture (DAC) technology. Direct air capture involves taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and storing it – some of this carbon dioxide can also be used in other processes, such as the production of synthetic fuels. Experts from the University of Nottingham and engineering firms Strata Technology, Atkins and Doosan Babcock have been working on a DAC system that will run on low carbon heat. The Sizewell C consortium has proposed a technology that could potentially be even more efficient as it requires little to no electricity and could use heat at a wide range of temperatures.
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Sizewell C could provide a huge socio-economic boost to Suffolk post-coronavirus, it has been argued following findings at Hinkley Point C. However, opponents have disputed the claims – with independent consultants Development Economics saying they are “exaggerated”, as they cover people living up to 90 minutes away, including large population centres in Norfolk and Essex. A recent report into the socio-economic impacts of the Somerset nuclear plant says the project is already exceeding the ambitions of developers EDF Energy and CGN – with the amount of money spent with local businesses having doubled their target. It is hoped the economic successes would be replicated in Suffolk should plans be granted approval, boosting recruitment, education and training in the region.
East Anglian Daily Times 25th May 2021 read more »