Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL), a leader in low-cost carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and separation technology, has announced the completion of a new equity investment of USD 22 million from a Series B investment round with Equinor Ventures (EV) and ICOS Capital (ICOS). EV and ICOS join the three global investors, WAVE Equity Partners, Chevron Technology Ventures, and Marubeni Corporation, who injected USD 16 million into CCSL in February.
The funds will be utilised to grow the team and deliver its proven CO2 capture technology for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects across the steel, cement, waste management and refining and petrochemicals sectors. CCSL will also continue to invest in the production of their “containerised” solution to achieve USD 30/tonne cost of CO2 capture not including carbon credits by 2021. Consequently, large emitters could potentially offset the cost of carbon capture with their carbon tax from as early as next year.
Aniruddha Sharma, CEO of CCSL, says, “As the world tries to recover from an unprecedented pandemic, achieving net zero ambitions remains a top priority for a green recovery. This investment demonstrates the need felt by major industrial companies for break-through technology in the carbon capture space. We look forward to working with our investors and partners to support a number of CCUS projects in the coming months to limit the climate impact of the use of fossil fuels.”
UK-headquartered CCSL is at the forefront of developing affordable carbon capture technology for utilisation and storage. Having showcased the technology at the world’s largest commercially funded industrial-scale carbon capture and utilisation plant in Tuticorin, India, CCSL plans to further expand its customer base to accelerate the cost-effective decarbonisation of industry.
“While renewable energy is growing exponentially, decarbonising heavy industry will be equally or more challenging. That is exactly where our innovative and modularised technology will play a fundamental role.” Sharma says.
“We are pleased to invest in CCSL as it supports Equinor’s journey towards carbon neutrality. CCSL is well positioned to further drive down cost ensuring CCUS is a viable option for more industrial players. In this respect it is complementary to the Northern Lights project. People are concerned that COVID-19 and the oil-price drop may push Equinor to delay climate action. The reality is rather the opposite; Equinor is committed to accelerating emission reduction and using CCUS to decarbonise multiple industrial sectors. This investment confirms and supports this commitment,” says Gareth Burns, VP Equinor Ventures.
“We are proud to become part of the international investor base of CCSL and to invest in and support the roll-out of its carbon capture and utilisation solution in multiple application markets. For ICOS, carbon capture and utilisation is not only an urgent necessity from a climate change perspective, but it also has huge business potential now and in the near future. We are confident that the CCSL team is on the right track to capture this phenomenal opportunity,” says, Peter van Gelderen, Partner at ICOS Capital.
Affordable CCUS technology has a critical role to play in the transition to a low-carbon energy future. It is one of a host of technologies that will be required to tackle climate change. CCSL believes that renewables alone will not be enough if the world is to reach net zero emissions targets whilst also meeting the energy needs of a fast-growing global population still largely reliant on fossil fuels.