enfinium announces UK’s first energy from waste carbon capture pilot

March 19, 2024 | Facility Update, News Releases
  • enfinium has partnered with green technology company Hitachi Zosen Inova to install the UK’s first energy from waste carbon capture pilot at its Ferrybridge-1 facility in West Yorkshire.
  • The pilot will capture up to one tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day and builds on enfinium’s wider commitment to invest in carbon capture and storage technology to drive carbon removals.

enfinium, a leading UK energy from waste operator, today announces a significant step in its mission to decarbonise the UK’s unrecyclable waste by signing an agreement with global green technology company Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) to install the UK’s first carbon capture pilot plant at an energy from waste facility.

The technology supplied by HZI will be a scaled-down, containerised version of the CCS technology that could be applied to energy from waste facilities on a commercial scale. The unit will capture up to one tonne of CO2  per dayfrom enfinium’s operations at its Ferrybridge-1 site, in West Yorkshire. The trial will run for at least 12 months and will be operational from July 2024.

The pilot is the first of its kind mobilised in Europe, representing a significant milestone for HZI who intends to build on its world leading reputation in the energy from waste and renewable sectors by offering its clients new decarbonisation solutions.

The pilot will be used to demonstrate how carbon capture technology can be applied at energy from waste facilities to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Through the pilot, enfinium will be able to compare different amine solvents and collect realistic data on performance, such as CO2 capture rate, energy consumption, and solvent degradation.

The pilot builds on enfinium’s broader ambitions to lead an investment of up to £800 million in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) at its Ferrybridge 1 & 2 facilities, which together would capture over 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 every year.1 With CCS installed, the UK’s largest energy from waste site would become one of the largest carbon removal projects in Europe.2

Mike Maudsley, CEO of enfinium, said: “Installing carbon capture technology on energy from waste facilities is the only way the UK can decarbonise its unrecyclable waste. It also offers benefits including creating durable carbon removals, or negative emissions, at scale and generating reliable homegrown carbon negative power. 

This ground-breaking partnership with HZI will allow us to test multiple capture techniques that could in the future be deployed across our facilities at scale.”

Bruno-Frédéric Baudouin, CEO of HZI, added: “It gives us tremendous pride that with the support of the UK authorities and thanks to a strong collaboration with enfinium, we have the opportunity to help move the dial on the nation’s decarbonisation of its waste management infrastructure.

The pilot will contribute significantly to our carbon capture knowledge base, which we are developing across several projects in Europe, and represents an important step not only towards to reducing CO2 emissions in our industry, but also towards making CO2 circular and driving down demand for fossil resources globally.”

Minister for Investment and Regulatory Reform, Lord Dominic Johnson said: “The Government is making sure the UK continues to be an attractive choice for green investment, creating jobs and opportunities across the country as we transition to net zero. 

“I’m delighted enfinium with HZI has chosen the UK for this pilot project – another win for our country and a huge step to enabling the decarbonisation of the UK’s unrecyclable waste.”

Today’s announcement is the latest development in enfinium’s strategic partnership with HZI, who have provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to enfinium’s Ferrybridge 1 and 2 facilities. HZI is also acting as the EPC partner on enfinium’s £500m Skelton Grange facility in Leeds, which is due to be operational from 2025.


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About enfinium

enfinium is a leading UK energy from waste operator with four operational sites in the UK, in West Yorkshire, Kent and Flintshire, and two in construction. enfinium diverts 2.3 million tonnes of unrecyclable waste from climate-damaging landfill, putting it to good use by turning it into home grown energy, enough to power 500,000 UK homes. enfinium’s ambition is to transform its facilities into local ‘decarbonisation hubs’ powered by the millions of tonnes of unrecyclable waste the UK will produce for decades to come. Using existing energy from waste infrastructure, enfinium could contribute to heat networks, produce electrolytic hydrogen, or use carbon capture technology to provide durable, high quality carbon removals which will be critical for the UK to achieve net zero by 2050. For more on enfinium, please visit www.enfinium.co.uk.

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