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30th Jan 2020

Velocys and UK Clean Growth Minister discuss negative emission fuels

Velocys, the sustainable fuels technology company, joined Kwasi Kwarteng MP, the UK’s Clean Growth Minister, at Drax Power Station to discuss the opportunities for carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) technology in the Humber region.

Dr Neville Hargreaves, VP Waste to Fuels at Velocys, alongside other businesses including Drax, made the case to establish the Humber as a hub for negative emissions technologies.

Following news last Autumn of the agreement with Oxy in the US, Velocys now has the capability to capture and store underground emissions from its waste-to-fuels process. This means the Velocys project planned in nearby Immingham, which will be Europe’s first waste-to-jet fuel facility, could produce negative emission aviation fuel.

Commenting on the Minister’s visit, Dr Neville Hargreaves said:
“The UK, and in particular the Humber’s Energy Estuary, has the opportunity to become a world leader in the production of sustainable aviation fuel – something that will be highly desirable in a net zero world.

“We have developed a process for producing negative emissions aviation fuel from everyday household waste. Our first facility, subject to planning and financing, could be fuelling aircraft from 2024, cutting lifecycle emissions by as much as 200%.

“But in order to realise the benefits of negative emissions technologies, we need the UK Government to establish a CCUS investment framework and ensure projects like ours can link into a CO2 transport and storage infrastructure network in the region.

“We look forward to continuing discussions with the Minister and his Department over the coming months to ensure the Humber can become a hub for negative emissions technologies.”

Dr Neville Hargreaves and Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

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