GTI and Carbon Clean Solutions Limited have received $2.9m funding from the US Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE/NETL) to develop and test potentially transformational carbon capture technology.

GTI and CCS-US will design, build, and test a prototype demonstration unit at GTI’s Des Plaines, Illinois headquarters that will undergo further field testing with coal-fired flue gas at the National Carbon Capture Centre (NCCC) in Wilsonville, Alabama.

The 30-month project will showcase a novel equipment design and advanced solvents that could reduce the levelized cost of carbon capture to the DOE’s target of $30 per tonne or less. Entitled ‘ROTA-CAP’, the technology works by using novel rotating packed beds to intensify the carbon capture process.

“This is an exciting project that promises to further reduce the cost of carbon capture, and the most important feature is that it will be scalable. ROTA-CAP technology could provide a major reduction in both capex and equipment size and enable wider-scale commercial deployment of carbon capture systems globally,” said Will Shimer, General Manager, CCS-US.

“GTI is excited to have CCSL as a partner in this technology development project for DOE’s Carbon Capture Programme,” said Osman Akpolat, GTI Technology Manager.

“This technology aligns well with the programme’s focus on maximising the efficiency of the current US fossil-based power generation infrastructure and dramatically reducing the cost of carbon capture technology to facilitate commercial implementation.”

“As with our other technology initiatives also supported by the DOE Carbon Capture Programme, GTI seeks to provide significant improvements relative to the current state of the art and we are encouraged by the promise of the ROTA-CAP technology,” Akpolat concluded.