By developing the world’s first bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) facility at an existing heat and power biomass plant, Beccs Stockholm will remove over 8Mt of CO2 emissions during its first ten years of operations - the equivalent of all greenhouse gas emissions from public sector electricity and heat production in Sweden in 2018. The total potential of BECCS technology in Sweden could produce 30 million tons of negative CO2 emissions per year, contribute more than €2 billion to national GDP and create 28 000 jobs. The highly innovative solution is establishing a model that can be replicated throughout Sweden and worldwide in other heat and power biomass sites.
The solution also has great potential to be scaled across the economy by replicating the technology in other industries, such as the pulp and paper industry, waste incinerators and heat plants. National and local officials have also rallied behind the flagship project which is financed through Stockholm Exergi, the Swedish Energy Agency and is one of seven large-scale projects awarded a first-round grant from the EU Innovation Fund.
Combining BECCS technology with district heating allows for an energy-efficient process that captures and permanently stores CO2, leading to carbon removals from the atmosphere, also called negative emissions. When biofuel is incinerated in a combined heat and power plant with carbon capture and storage, up to 90% of the carbon dioxide is captured.
In addition to drastically reducing carbon emissions, removal of CO2 from the atmosphere is largely considered necessary to meet global climate goals. BECCS has been identified as a key technology and one of the priority actions for accelerating the energy system’s transformation in the EU’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan. Such projects are delivering on the European Green Deal, and more urgently, supporting the REPowerEU Plan to accelerate the clean energy transition and increase Europe’s energy independence.
EU-funded projects raising the profile of new ideas
Beccs Stockholm is one of three finalists shortlisted for the European Sustainable Energy Awards 2022 in the Innovation category. The award recognises outstanding ongoing or recently completed EU-funded projects that show an original and innovative path toward the clean energy transition. The other finalists in the Innovation category are ENVISION and MUSE GRIDS.
ENVISION is using innovative facade technologies during building renovations to generate energy, enabling energy positive building throughout Europe. MUSE GRIDS is increasing the use of renewable energy sources at the local level by creating synergies between different energy systems and networks to form energy communities.