A specialist in composting and waste management in Hull, Biowise obtained funding from the Department of Business Strategy, Energy and Industry. (BEIS)
This is part of the first phase of the Hydrogen BECCS (Bioenergy with Carbon Capture & Storage) innovation program.
The program supports technologies that can produce hydrogen from biogenic feedstocks and be combined with carbon capture.
It is part of the BEIS £1 billion Net Zero innovation portfolio, which aims to accelerate the commercialization of innovative clean energy technologies and processes in the 2020s and 2030s.
The program will take place in two phases. Phase one, with a total budget of £5m, will support multiple projects to develop a workable prototype demonstration project to be executed in phase two.
Biowise is one of 22 organizations selected across the UK to participate in the new scheme, each receiving up to £250,000.
Biowise will investigate and develop the feasibility of processing larger compost waste into a source of biogenic feedstock for hydrogen gasifiers.
The company operates in the municipal waste composting sector and processes some 200,000 tonnes of garden waste and food per year through three composting facilities.
Some of this waste includes materials called compost oversize (COS), such as twigs, sticks, and branches that don’t break down during the composting process.
Compared to other sources of wood waste, the material is not suitable for direct combustion in energy waste treatment facilities, meaning it ends up being supplied to low-value markets or sent for elimination.
Biowise Managing Director Bob Wilkes said, “We are honored to be part of this project. The current absence of established and stable markets for high-value fuels provides little incentive for compost operators to invest in innovative processes to produce higher quality fuel.
“With funding from the Hydrogen BECCs Innovation Program, we aim to develop a project capable of processing COS to produce a source of biogenic feedstock for hydrogen gasifiers, addressing the current challenges associated with COS and providing a material first fully biogenic for BECC hydrogen supply chains.
Energy Minister Greg Hands said: “Accelerating local renewables like biomass is a key part of ending our reliance on expensive and volatile fossil fuels.
“This £37 million government investment will support innovation across the UK, boosting jobs while ensuring greater energy security for years to come.”