3rd September 2012
The ETI is seeking organisations to deliver a five month project to review and assess the economic and technological potential of hydrogen storage and flexible turbine systems within its Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) technology programme.
Power generation accounts for approximately a third of the UK’s CO2 emissions. Capturing and storing that carbon could reduce emissions from fossil fuel power stations by as much as 95%. The ETI is focused on the acceleration of the implementation of CCS technology on fossil-fuel fired power stations and other major stationary CO2 sources in the UK. This is through the demonstration of innovative technology which reduces the capital costs of capture and storage plants and reduces the energy needed by the capture and storage process.
This project aims to improve the ETI’s understanding of the economics of flexible power generation systems comprising hydrogen production (with CCS), intermediate hydrogen storage and flexible turbines. The project will also focus on the potential, economics and technical requirements for salt cavern storage and flexible turbines.
The ETI will use the findings from the project to further influence its CCS programme, for which it has already invested over £30m into a range of technology projects.
Andrew Green, Programme Manager, CCS at the ETI said: “Our modelling work indicates that CCS can be a significant component of any future efficient UK energy system. It is though a new technology and has a long development time. This particular project will provide us with some immediate answers as to the viability of flexible, low carbon power generation systems involving the generation and immediate storage of hydrogen as well as help guide our future thinking and planning across our CCS portfolio. We are seeking research partners that have a developed understanding and knowledge in this area whose work and insights can help inform our future CCS strategy.”
The Request for Proposal is published today. Full details are available. The deadline for notification of an intention to submit a proposal is Friday 21st September with the closing date for submission is Friday 28th September.