Element Energy

CCUS and Industrial Decarbonisation

A common finding across international studies from organisations such as the IEA, IPCC and CCC is that CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage) is vital to reducing emissions at lowest cost globally. Key areas for CCUS deployment are heavy industry, power, hydrogen generation and negative emissions. Our team grew from a CCUS base to cover a broad range of industrial decarbonisation technologies and pathways and now to include the full blue hydrogen supply chain. We are a dynamic team, passionate about solving the most challenging climate areas.

We provide advice to our public and private clients such as the International Energy Agency, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, European Commission, European governments and many private companies to inform strategic decision-making, project development and policy-making in the CCUS and industrial decarbonisation sectors. We help our clients understand markets, technologies, policies, economics, regulations and financing aspects to enable the deployment of real projects. Our project leadership skills allow us to help our clients leverage funding for their low carbon infrastructure investments.

Key skills and expertise

Expertise across all parts of the CCUS chain: We provide insight and analysis using our industry-leading and peer reviewed cost databases and techno-economic models across the CCUS chain including CO2 capture in the power, industry and hydrogen sectors, onshore and offshore CO2 transport and storage infrastructure including shipping and CO2 utilisation.

Industrial decarbonisation strategies: We have led the foremost analysis in the UK on industrial fuel switching to hydrogen, electricity and biomass, as well as CCUS application in industry. This includes detailed technology modelling across all heavy industry sectors, as well as international policy development work on novel industrial climate policies.

Blue hydrogen:We have developed deep expertise in blue hydrogen to complement Element’s 20 years of experience in green hydrogen. Our recent work has spanned hydrogen generation with CCS, hydrogen transport and storage and a wide range of end-use applications including heat, power, industry and transport.

Techno-economic analysis and commercial strategy development: Techno-economic modelling of the full CCUS and hydrogen chains, technology and performance assessments, market sizing, project finance and cash-flow modelling, and infrastructure sizing and costing.

Regional/cluster roadmap development: Regional transport and storage network design, identification of regional barriers and opportunities, stakeholder engagement and management, and developing a business case for CCUS.

National/European strategy and policy development: Evidence based policy design, incentive modelling, and development of national, European and international technology roll-out strategies.


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Examples of some of our projects

Hy-Impact Series Hydrogen in the UK, from technical to economic, for Equinor (2019) Link to press release and reports

Net-zero: Deep decarbonisation of UK industries, for Committee on Climate Change (2020) to be published, prior work can be found at this link

Hydrogen supply chain modelling tool, extensive engineering dataset on the cost and performance of hydrogen technologies, for BEIS (2018) Link to report

Shipping CO2: UK cost estimation study, for BEIS (2018) Link to report

Acorn Hydrogen: the role of Acorn H2 in enabling UK net-zero, for Acorn (2020) Link to report

Policy Mechanisms to support the large-scale deployment of CCS, for Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (2018) Link to report

Zero Carbon Humber, development of zero-carbon industrial cluster, for Drax, National Grid, Equinor (2019) Link to report

Enabling global deployment of industrial CCS clusters , for International Energy Agency GHG (2018) Link to report

Towards Net-zero: implications of the transition to net zero emissions for the Engineering Construction Industry, for ECITB (2020) Link to report

Hy4Heat: Industrial hydrogen equipment, for BEIS (2019) Link to report