The Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme will support technologies which can produce hydrogen from biogenic feedstocks and be combined with carbon capture. It forms part of the BEIS £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, which aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes through the 2020s and 2030s.

The programme will run in 2 phases. Phase 1 (total budget £5 million) will support multiple projects to scope and develop a feasible prototype demonstration project to be run in Phase 2.

Through a pre-commercial, fully funded procurement Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), this programme aims to support innovative Hydrogen BECCS technology solutions across 3 categories:

1. Feedstock pre-processing: the development of low cost, energy and material efficient technologies which will optimise biogenic (including biomass and waste) feedstocks for use in advanced gasification technologies.

2. Gasification components: the development of advanced gasification technology components focusing on improving syngas quality and upgrading for generation of hydrogen.

3. Novel biohydrogen technologies: the development of novel biohydrogen technologies which can be combined with carbon capture, such as dark fermentation, anaerobic digestion, waste water treatment.

BEIS held an online Supplier Engagement Workshop in November 2021 to help potential suppliers understand more about the competition and ask questions: click here for details and the Q&A.

During Phase 1, projects will complete a feasibility study which will allow applicants to demonstrate the feasibility of their proposed technology. For the purpose of this competition the scope of work expected in the feasibility study includes developing: a) the Hydrogen BECCS technology concept, b) an engineering design for Phase 2 (including an approach to testing the technology) c) a costed project plan for Phase 2 and d) a commercialisation plan.

Register by 12 noon, 4 March 2022, to access the Phase 1 application form.

Submit the full Phase 1 application and declaration forms by 12 noon on 11 March 2022. Projects are expected to commence from 1st June 2022 and final reports to be submitted by 30th November 2022.