A new programme has been launched today by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to help develop the technologies required to produce hydrogen from sustainable biomass and waste.
The new Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme, backed by £5 million of government funding, has been announced to support the production of hydrogen via BECCS – a process by which hydrogen is produced, while capturing and storing the carbon released.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Hands said:
“This innovative technology offers incredible potential for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, crucial to reaching our net zero goals. This government funding will help support the development of this new technology in the UK, boosting green jobs and investment while slashing carbon emissions.”
Under phase 1 of the programme applicants will be able to bid for up to £250,000 to help develop their plans and demonstrate the feasibility of their proposed innovation. Further funding will be made available in phase 2, to help successful applicants demonstrate their projects.
Emitting only water vapour when combusted, hydrogen is expected to play a key role in the country’s transition to a Net Zero society, with a particular application in some of the industries that are harder to decarbonise, such as heavy industry and transport.