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Commercialization of “carbon neutral” and “carbon negative” by implementing carbon capture technology

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Outline

As the world leader of carbon capture technology, MHI Group has been cooperating with various clients’ technical assessments and project developments from the early stage of the projects and assisting in the commercialization of "carbon neutral technologies" or "negative emission" globally.

As an example, we are considering participating in Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) project which is promoted by Drax in the UK. This project is to capture more than 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide per day from the biomass fired power station, transport and storage in the North Sea by 2027. By combining carbon neutral biomass power generation usingsustainable biomass fuel, and carbon capture from combustion flue gas, the project could achieve the world's first commercial-scale negative emission biomass power station.

Description

MHI Group started developing post combustion CO2 capture technology with Kansai Electric Power Co.,Inc. since 1990, so called “KM CDR ProcessTM”. The first commercial plant was delivered in 1999 for fertilizer plant in Malaysia, and as of March 2020, a total of 13 commercial carbon capture plants with KM CDR ProcessTM are under commercial operation around the world.In December 2016, MHI Group has successfully delivered the world's largest carbon capture plant (4,776 tons / day) to Petra Nova, a joint venture between NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation, in Texas USA. This project has been appraised in various occasions, including “Plant of the Year 2017” award by Power Magazine.

The BECCS project promoted by Drax in the UK would be meaningful and epoch making in achieving the world's first negative emission at scale when constructed. In the industrial cluster where the power station is located, the objective is to make the whole area carbon neutral by 2030, so Drax is promoting the decarbonization with strong initiative. The UK as a country has also enacted legislation with the goal of achieving net zero carbon emission across the country by 2050, making it one of the most proactive countries for decarbonization.

There is no commercial scale of CO2 capture plant installed at biomass fired power station in the world, so in order to actually build the CO2 capture plant, it would be necessary to take several technical verification steps, such as design optimization based on the features of flue gas from biomass fired power station and small scale pilot testing.

Our aim is to contribute to reducing greenhouse gases on a global level by providing our reliable and economically feasible carbon capture technology, supported by R&D activity over 30 years and commercial records around the world, and we are willing to strengthen our efforts to assist the deployment of "carbon neutral technologies" or "negative emission" globally.

Partner(s)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd.,
Drax Group

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