UK Government launches new scheme for technologies producing hydrogen from biomass

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UK Government launches new scheme for technologies producing hydrogen from biomass

The UK government has launched a new programme to help develop innovative technologies to produce hydrogen, a clean energy source, from sustainable biomass and waste.

The new Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme is supported by £5 million of government funding and will support the development of technologies to produce hydrogen generated via BECCS (BioEnergy with Carbon Capture and Storage). The BECCS process produces hydrogen from biomass and waste, with the ability to capture and store the carbon released during the process.

The government favours BECCS technology, claiming it can uniquely offer the ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as the CO2 absorbed during the growth of the sustainable biomass and the organic content found in waste can then be permanently removed from the atmosphere using carbon capture technologies. Some researchers have criticised the process, but the UK Government believes that hydrogen BECCS technologies have a key role to play on the UK’s path to net zero emissions, providing hydrogen as a clean fuel for hard-to-decarbonise sectors such as transport and heavy industry, while also removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

“This innovative technology offers incredible potential for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, crucial to reaching our net zero goals” said Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Hands. “This government funding will help support the development of this new technology in the UK, boosting green jobs and investment while slashing carbon emissions.”


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