Velocys and Drax discuss Humber’s zero carbon future

Velocys and Drax discuss Humber’s zero carbon future
Steve Drayton (Director of Innovation, Drax), Dr Neville Hargreaves (VP Waste to Fuels, Velocys), Brian Greensmith (Drax), Richard Gwilliam (Drax), Martin Hopkins (Velocys)

Sustainable fuels company, Velocys, has met with the team from Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire to discuss and explore regional clean carbon economy.

In August 2019, Velocys’ subsidiary Altalto Immingham, a collaboration with British Airways and Shell, submitted plans for Europe’s first commercial waste-to-jet-fuel plant near Immingham on the South Bank of the Humber.

The company is in support of the Zero Carbon Humber campaign, which is seeking to develop a large-scale carbon dioxide transport and storage network in the Humber that would significantly reduce emissions and create new job opportunities for the region.

“Subject to planning consent and financing, our Altalto Immingham project could be producing sustainable aviation fuel as soon as 2024,” said Dr Neville Hargreaves, VP of Waste to Fuels at Velocys.

He added: “Furthermore, we’ll also produce a capture-ready stream of carbon dioxide, and thus a transport and storage network in the Humber would allow us to make negative emission fuels, delivering a further environmental benefit.”

Steve Drayton, Director of Innovation at Drax, who are aiming to become carbon negative by 2030, said: “There are some interesting synergies between our ambitions at Drax to become the world’s first carbon negative company and Velocys’ plans to produce carbon negative fuels in the Humber.

“Having innovative businesses like Velocys in the Humber region makes a zero carbon industrial cluster here an exciting possibility, which will result in new jobs and clean growth delivering for the environment as well as the economy.”