Norway Launches Captured CO2 Project to Assist Aquaticulture Industry
$1 million in funding has been granted by the Norwegian Parliament to a pilot plant that will use CO2 captured at CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) to produce algae for the country’s growing fish farming industry.
Next to oil and gas, seafood is Norway’s second largest industry. In 2013, seafood exports totaled $10.2 billion, with 150 different countries receiving 95 percent of the seafood fished. And while the industry is growing rapidly, it’s facing a potentially threatening shortage of omega-3—fatty acids used in fish feed. With the outlook for the amount of available omega-3 being greatly reduced in coming years, the industry is looking to find alternative, sustainable sources it can use.
Enter the pilot plant.
The industry aims to establish a manufacturing facility that can produce omega-3 and other important products using algal biomass. This will be accomplished by capturing CO2 at TCM and also using the plant’s residual heat. Algae is a major source of the ocean’s omega-3, so the project hopes to prove the process can be replicated on land sustainably.
“Carbon is becoming increasingly constrained in the global economy, whilst food demand from farmed fish is rising,” Frank Ellingsen, Managing Director of TCM, said. “It seems to be a smart solution to combine the two issues; using CO2, the by-product of the oil and gas sector, as a raw material for aquaculture. This project demonstrates the ongoing importance of TCM: as well as operating at the forefront of CO2 capture technology, we also play a role in the utilization of CO2 for innovative new ‘circular economy’ business models.”
Testing of the plant will be underway early next year.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
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