Carbon Recovery: UK’s Largest Project Turns CO2 into Baking Soda

The Tata Chemicals Europe plant in Northwich will eventually recover 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually for use in the production of biosodium carbonate.


June 24, 2022

Tata Chemicals Europe Plant in Northwich, UK

The UK’s largest carbon recovery project is underway today and carbon dioxide is being used to make sodium bicarbonate for dialysis equipment, pharmaceutical tablets, and baking soda.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is viewed by the UK Climate Change Advisor as follows: “Important” technology Reached net zero emissions, but Checker history with some major projects canceled..

The new Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) plant in Northwich, northwest England, is currently expected to capture approximately 36,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. Eventually, this will increase to 40,000 tonnes, reaching about 11% of the facility’s emissions, more than 100 times the captured amount. Power plant pilot by energy company Drax..

Martin Ashcroft of TCE shows that a £ 16.7m demonstration project, backed by a £ 4.2m government grant, does not mean that NetZero will outsource manufacturing abroad. “What we don’t have is the effective decarbonization of Britain through the hollowing out of industry,” he says.

CO2 is recovered from the facility’s gas-fired power plant and is not stored, but is refined and converted to liquefied CO2 to produce biosodium carbonate. “In effect, we make our own raw materials,” says Ashcroft. TCE previously purchased most of its CO2 from two of the UK’s largest fertilizer plants, one of which is closed.

The company was concerned that the CO2 recovered from flue gas was not high enough for the pharmaceutical industry, but the baking soda made from it was sufficient for hemodialysis in people with kidney disease. It is shown to be. As an ingredient to control the pH of tablets. Some of the products well known as baking soda are also sold to the food industry.

Stuart Hatzeldin The University of Edinburgh, UK, welcomes this project. He said this project India using CO2 to make baking soda.. However, he says, the Northwitch site does not have a permanent store of CO2 and will eventually be released into the atmosphere. “This is a reduction in emissions, not a permanent and durable removal of fossil carbon emitted from the combustion of methane gas,” he says.

Ashcroft is considering a second carbon recovery project at the facility or a nearby salt mill and states that it is important for the UK government to defer funding. Two “CCS clusters” Retreated to the northwest and northeast of England.

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