Decc launches £20 million competition for pilot CCS technologies

Energy secretary Edward Davey has launched a competition worth up to £20 million to fund the development of innovations in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

Bids are being invited to develop better and cheaper CCS components and systems for pilot scale demonstration. The competition will be run by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, which has also arranged briefing days for potential applicants on 26 and 30 March.

The government said the competition would complement £1 billion the UK has separately committed to funding commercial scale CCS projects, under its CCS Commercialisation programme. A competition for that programme will be launched in the coming weeks.

Energy secretary Edward Davey said: "By supporting research and development, this £20 million competition is an important step towards making cost competitive CCS a reality by the 2020s."

Jeff Chapman, CEO of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, said: "This R&D funding is most welcome to help optimise the technology, save costs and put the UK into a strong competitive position in world markets."

Author: Paul Newton,

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