New Carbon Capture Process Receives Rushlight Award

PMW Technology’s new A3C carbon capture technology won the Rushlight Fossil Fuels Award at the 2018-2019 Rushlight Show held at the Royal Society. This is the latest success for the new technology following completion of a feasibility study showing that it offers saving of up to 70% in the cost of industrial carbon capture.

PMW Technology is an innovation company based at Thornton Science Park near Chester.  The feasibility study was conducted with the Universities of Chester and Sheffield and industrial partners WSP, DNV GL and Costain, part-funded by Innovate UK.

The highly competitive annual Rushlight awards are made in a number of categories; the Fossil Fuels Award is for the innovation that has the greatest potential to reduce the environmental or climate impacts of the use of hydrocarbon fuels. Organised by Eventure Media and supported by Innovate UK with other greentech backers, the Rushlight Show was addressed by the Minister, Claire Perry, announcing further funding for carbon reduction initiatives.

The A3C process uses a physical separation of carbon dioxide, avoiding the use of process chemicals, while achieving high performance and low energy consumption. The process is intensive so that units with capacities of up to 250,000 tCO2/y can be manufactured off-site and delivered on a small number of conventional trucks. Over 90% of UK industrial sites have carbon emissions within the capacity of a single factory-built process unit.

Professor Joe Howe of the Thornton Energy Institute at the University of Chester said “This is well-deserved recognition for PMW Technology and the A3C process. We are extremely pleased to have supported Paul in the key early stages of this project. The feasibility study confirmed the viability of the A3C process and the dramatic cost reductions available for many industrial applications.”

Paul Willson added “I am delighted that our team has received this recognition for the outstanding work in the feasibility study and for the A3C technology.”