The Project

Delivering clean energy technologies in the UK & Europe.

 

The Millennium Generation (MGL) Project is a joint venture between Calix Europe, HEL East and Imperial College to build a 3MWe carbon capture pilot plant in Hatfield, Doncaster, using Calix’s Endex capture technology.

 

Brian Sweeney of Calix Europe said: “Calix is very pleased to have a significant demonstration unit in the UK, one of the world’s leading CCS countries. We see this as the launch pad for a major European business in the medium-term.

 

Millennium Generation Limited is a joint venture set up to undertake this demonstration and then to commercialise the technology. Calix Europe Ltd – Calix Europe Ltd is a subsidiary of Calix Limited.

 

Calix is a technology company that sells and licenses calciners, calcined mineral powders, and carbon capture-based power production systems. Calix is also a service provider capable of managing and operating the turnkey calciners. Calix is exploiting a propriety minerals processing technology internationally.

 

The core Calix technology is a Catalytic Flash Calcination (CFC) Reactor that can heat a mineral in seconds to change its chemical properties. The resulting minerals have a range of applications worldwide. The company is commercialising this technology in several fields, including the calcination of carbonaceous materials and power generation.

 

Calix is currently constructing an AU$30 million Calix Flash Calciner at its Bacchus Marsh site outside Melbourne.

 

HEL-East Limited – HEL engineers assist clients in understanding, managing and exploiting their renewable and unconventional resources to maximum commercial and environmental benefit. They provide technical due diligence services to investors in clean energy, infrastructure and carbon projects worldwide. Their Project Team is able to provide consultancy services for Project Technical Due Diligence, Technical Risk Assessment, Engineering Design Services, Project Management, Safety Management, and Technology Development. HEL-East is a shareholder in MGL.

 

Imperial College – The Energy Engineering and CCS Group at IC has an extensive track record in the fields of gasification, pyrolysis and combustion, using coal, biomass and waste fuels (more than 25 completed since 1993). The CO2 capture group is part of the EU Caoling project, and also well represented in the broader field of CO2 capture, with projects involving the optimisation of solvents for both CO2 capture and oxyfuel combustion.

 

 

A Major Milestone in low-emissions power production.

 

The project’s objective is to demonstrate significant capture cost reductions in the total CCS chain cost. This demonstration of carbon capture from a natural gas-fired power plant is pertinent because of the increasing supply of natural gas worldwide, and the increasing deployment of gas turbine power plants.

 

In the long-term, emissions from these plants will have to be reduced, and this project demonstrates how that can be done cost effectively.A 5MW (thermal) Endex reactor, with a 3MW (electrical) gas engine, will demonstrate the conversion of natural gas to a hydrogen/ nitrogen fuel gas with the capture of 85-90% of the carbon as CO2 and the generation of power.

 

It has 2 operating modes methane to hydrogen/ nitrogen mix as fuel for power generation or for industry and high CO2 natural gas stripping to pipeline grade methane for sour gas production. This plant operates at high pressure and temperature reducing the size of carbon capture facilities by three quarters. With similar capital cost to the best competitors it reduces the efficiency penalty on a power production system by two thirds.

 

The technology is a development of calcium looping using lime as a sorbent, cycling it >500 times, and producing a spent sorbent which is agricultural grade lime. This demonstrator is the basis for scale up to 50MWt units for industrial applications in multiple units to decarbonise the fuel gas of Natural Gas Combined Cycle or Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle power stations.