A new modular carbon capture system created by Belfast-based MOF Technologies could ‘revolutionise the world of carbon capture’, according to its developers.

Its Nuada system aims to remove barriers that restrict accelerated investment into the commercialisation of carbon capture technology. 

By utilising an ‘ultra-efficient’ system driven by vacuum pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technology combined with a metal-organic framework (MOF)-based filter, energy process costs could be reduced by 80% resulting in a cost of capture reduced to as low as £13 per tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2). 

MOFs work selectively by using bespoke chemistry to target, capture, and remove specific gases such as CO2. 

The solution presents itself as a cleaner, more sustainable alternative to energy-intensive amine solvent-based systems, which can require up to 3.4GJ (gigajoules) of energy per tonne of CO2 removed. 

Referring to the ‘cripplingly high’ energy requirements of amine solvent treatment, Dr. Conor Hamill, Co-CEO, MOF Technologies, stated such technology has proved to be a prohibitive barrier to carbon capture adoption for many organisations. 

Hamill firmly believes that Nuada will help industry achieve decarbonisation goals, acting to positively disrupt the carbon capture industry. 

“Unlike traditional approaches, the modular system can be easily connected to a facility’s waste gas line without extensive redesign or installation work,” he said. 

The ability for the units to be scaled according to demand allows greater flexibility for businesses looking to install a cost-effective means of carbon capture. 

“The launch of the Nuada system is a game-changing moment for carbon capture,” added Hamill. 

Having successfully completed tests of a prototype, MOF Technologies is currently building an in-field pilot plant.