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ITM Power secures energy department grant under carbon capture scheme

CTBR Staff Writer Published 29 November 2012

UK-based ITM Power has secured a £100,000 grant from the Department of Energy and Climate Change under a £20m Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Innovation Competition.

A consortium led by ITM Power and including SSE, Scotia Gas Networks, Logan Energy and Kiwa Gastec will explore the technological, financial and operational feasibility of producing synthetic methane using CO2 from industrial processes and hydrogen produced by electrolysis.

The Methanation process will convert waste CO2 and renewable hydrogen to produce pure methane for injection into the gas grid and other natural gas substitution applications.

ITM Power CEO Dr Graham Cooley remarked, "ITM Power is delighted to be leading this DECC funded feasibility study that will assess how hydrogen produced using renewable energy can be combined with carbon dioxide to produce methane as a direct substitute for natural gas."

The project will have a 12-month term with the production of synthetic methane expected to reduce the cost of CCS.