Research and development is ongoing within the project to develop the technologies that could make use of this heat , and a SZC led consortium working with Nottingham University , Strata Technology , Atkins and Doosan Babcock has recently been awarded funding by the UK Government to develop plans for DAC which could be powered by low-carbon heat from the new nuclear power station proposed for Suffolk .
Current assessments show that the technology could one day capture 1.5m
Direct Air Capture technology being developed by the Sizewell C led consortium .
tonnes of CO a year . That ' s enough to almost
2 offset the annual emissions of the UK ' s rail
network . In addition , the carbon captured by DAC can be combined with hydrogen produced by heat-assisted electrolysis ( potentially powered again by low-carbon heat from the station ) to make net zero hydrocarbons , which can be processed into jet fuel .
It is important to note that SZC ' s feasibility studies on the potential of cogeneration on the EPR design are still in progress at the time of writing this article , and therefore any conclusions are preliminary at this stage and are subject to further studies and analysis .