Decarbonising the water and waste sector and promoting renewable energy
SUEZ Tees Valley, the UK’s first carbon capture project
Carbon sequestration involves removing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it sustainably in ecosystems such as in oceans, biomass, soil and subsoil, to limit rising global temperatures. In the UK, SUEZ is working on its first national project to capture and store the carbon emitted by waste incineration at its SUEZ Tees Valley energy recovery plant in Haverton Hill, which is scheduled to be in operation 2027–2030.
Biochar, "black gold" to trap CO₂ in the soil using trees
As a precursor, SUEZ aims to industrialise the production of a high environmental quality biochar, in order to develop and operate an industrial capacity that will contribute to decarbonize its corporate, industrial and municipal customers. Working on the subject since 2020, the Group also signed a commercial and strategic partnership in 2021 with Canadian pyrolysis equipment company AIREX ENERGIE for joint projects to industrialise biochar production.
IR-SCAN, SNAC, MeMo, secret energy in our wastewater and waste
As a producer and operator of anaerobic digesters, SUEZ firmly believes that the production of energy from sewage sludge and organic waste can be further improved thanks to digital technology and artificial intelligence.
In 2022, the Group acquired the BioEnTech startup, which developed digital and analytical solutions for monitoring and optimising the operation of methanisation plants. Three solutions are currently on the market:
- IR-SCAN®: Making the management of fermentable waste more reliable. This rapid characterisation method for organic materials to be digested enables their composition to be analysed and their methane production potential to be evaluated in a fifth of the time required for conventional biological analysis.
- SNAC®: Making the digester operation safer. This smart micro-laboratory indicates the biological health of the digester accurately and enables potential malfunctions to be anticipated.
- MeMo®: Optimisingthe biogas production. This digital twin of the methanisation plant is a valuable decision support tool.