Technology to Achieve 'Net Zero'

Carbon Clean wins UK government innovation grant funding for carbon capture technology test campaign

  • Carbon Clean leads successful BEIS CCUS Innovation 2.0 bid

  • Non-aqueous solvent tested with both a rotating packed bed absorber and rotating packed bed stripper for the first time

  • Technologies promise to deliver high performance at a radically smaller scale than conventional solutions

A partnership project to test two innovative technologies which together are set to radically reduce the cost of carbon capture, has been awarded £600,000 in grant funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) CCUS Innovation 2.0 programme, as part of the BEIS £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP).


Carbon Clean, a global leader in industrial carbon capture technology, will partner with Doosan Babcock and Newcastle University to test the effectiveness of non-aqueous solvent (NAS) and a rotating packed bed (RPB) absorber and stripper together, for the first time. The project will assess the performance of NAS and RPBs by benchmarking against conventional packed bed absorbers and regenerators. In addition, an extensive parametric test campaign will identify optimal operating conditions for a range of simulated industrial flue gases.


The project will advance Carbon Clean’s expertise in carbon capture technology using RPBs, providing data to help further develop its innovative solutions.

In October last year, the company launched a groundbreaking industrial carbon capture solution, CycloneCC, which uses RPBs. The pre-fabricated, skid-mounted technology delivers high performance carbon capture in a unit that is up to ten times smaller than conventional carbon capture technology, with a five times smaller physical footprint. The ease of on-site integration for this carbon capture technology, combined with its cost efficiency, is expected to result in a huge uptick in demand from hard-to-abate industries seeking to decarbonise in line with net zero targets.

Prateek Bumb, Co-founder and CTO of Carbon Clean said:


“Scale and cost are the biggest barriers to widespread deployment of industrial carbon capture technology. Carbon Clean is focused on overcoming these challenges through the development of breakthrough modular solutions and this BEIS-funded project will ensure we continue to lead in this field, expanding our knowledge of rotating packed beds in carbon capture applications.

“We are proud to be among a growing number of partnerships between the public and private sectors, which are aiming to speed up the deployment of carbon capture technology. The IPCC has recently confirmed that global rates of CCS deployment are far below those in modelled pathways limiting global warming to 1.5°C or 2°C and has identified the need for technological innovation to address this issue.”


Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Hands: 

“As we accelerate the UK’s energy independence by boosting clean, home-grown, affordable energy, it’s crucial that our industries reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.

“This investment will help them to not only cut emissions, but also save money on energy bills, on top of supporting jobs by encouraging green innovation across the UK.”


An earlier BEIS-funded project, ARTEMIS, has already demonstrated the unparalleled CO2 absorption efficiency of RPBs in a 1 tonne per day (TPD) pilot plant. Demonstration scale testing has also shown the ability of NAS to outperform other industrial solvents (Monoethanolamine and Methyl Diethanolamine) in a conventional carbon capture system. The intensified mass transfer of RPBs, results in smaller equipment sizes at equivalent performance, while the improved solvent performance of NAS reduces OpEx, relative to the conventional use of MEA.

The testing will take place at Doosan Babcock’s Emissions Reduction Test Facility (ERTF) in Renfrew, Scotland and Doosan Babcock, along with Newcastle University's School of Engineering, will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the RPB units during testing.


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Notes to editors

  1. The BEIS CCUS Innovation 2.0 grant funding programme is providing £19.5 million to:
    • Support innovation in novel CCUS technology increasing its technology and commercial readiness level (TRL & CRL)
    • Demonstrate and de-risk next generation CCUS technologies to allow it to deploy commercially from 2025
    • Reduce the cost of deploying CCUS and create competitive pressure on current available technology
    • The programme is part of the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP)
  2. The successful grant application was for: Lot 1 Mid State CCUS innovation - for projects developing and piloting mid-stage (TRL 3-5) CCUS innovation.
  3. In 2018, with the support of a research and development grant from the UK government’s BEIS worth £800,000 Carbon Clean built and tested a 1 tonne per day (TPD) pilot plant to capture CO2 from modulated flue gas using CycloneCC technology. Results from this project suggest a 10x size reduction in process equipment is possible to deliver the same results as conventional technologies, while delivering considerable reductions in CapEx and OpEx.

About Carbon Clean

Carbon Clean is a global leader in carbon capture solutions for hard-to-abate industries such as cement, steel, refineries and energy from waste. The company’s patented technology significantly reduces the costs of carbon capture when compared to conventional solutions.

The company is leading innovation in the CCUS market and has developed a fully modular technology – CycloneCC – that is set to disrupt the sector. The company’s solutions will help deliver the necessary scaling up of carbon capture to achieve global net zero targets. The technology has been proven at scale in over 44 sites around the world and it has delivered the world’s largest industrial-scale carbon capture and utilisation plant for Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd, India.

The UK-based company has received funding and grant support from the British and U.S. governments and has established partnerships with industry leaders including Chevron, CEMEX and Veolia. It is also an investor in the Swedish eMethanol shipping fuel company, Liquid Wind.

Carbon Clean is a 2022 BNEF Pioneer winner, has been a Global Cleantech 100 company three times, most recently in 2022, features in the inaugural PwC Net Zero Future50 and was chosen as one of CEMEX Ventures Top50 ConTech Startups.

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About the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

  • Leading economy-wide transformation by backing enterprise and long-term growth, generating cheaper, cleaner, homegrown energy and unleashing the UK as a science superpower through innovation.
  • This funding has been made available from the government’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, which looks to accelerate the commercialisation of low-carbon technologies and systems.