Pilkington UK is assessing the feasibility of deploying carbon capture technology at its glass manufacturing facility.

It supported C-Capture Ltd in its successful application for funding through Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund.

The award will support experiments to quantify the compatibility of C-Capture’s carbon capture technology with the requirements of the glass manufacturing industry.

C-Capture, based in Leeds, UK, has patented a low-cost carbon capture technology which uses up to 40% less energy than current commercially available technologies.

The technology uses a new class of capture solvents that are amine and nitrogen free, are not classified as hazardous, are inexpensive, and could be manufactured on a large scale from biological sources.

Emissions from the glass manufacturing industry have traditionally posed technological challenges as they contain high levels of impurities that prevent the utilisation of existing technologies.

During this project, C-Capture will build upon existing data and expose the solvent to representative flue gases found during the glass manufacturing process, as the next step to prove the applicability of C-Capture technology to capturing CO2 from heavy industrial waste gases.

By working alongside leading manufacturing companies like Pilkington which is striving to find technological solutions to decarbonise, C-Capture is optimising its technology to fulfil industry-specific requirements.

Matt Buckley, Managing Director Pilkington UK, said: “Our Manufacturing and R&D functions are extremely pleased to be collaborating with C-Capture in the development of carbon capture solutions for our glass manufacturing process.

"We look forward to making further progress in this important and exciting field.”