Linde will continue to focus on advanced solutions for the recycling of carbon dioxide (CO2) – it has announced today.

As part of this commitment, it has extended its participation in the international research project ‘Impact of Common Impurities on Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transport and Storage’ until 2017.

The aim of this project is to study the physical properties of the impure CO2 mixtures that arise in industrial combustion processes and power generation. The specific processes being examined are carbon capture and usage (CCU), enhanced oil/gas recovery (EOR/EGR) and CO2 liquefaction for subsequent commercialisation.

“Our objective is to further advance carbon capture methodologies as part of a wider climate protection agenda,” explains Jürgen Nowicki, Spokesman for the Board of Directors of the Linde Engineering Division.

“The first phase of the research project delivered very promising results. By taking part in the second phase, we expect to further strengthen our competitive position in the processing of CO2-rich gases - a very important activity for many of our customers.”

The research project is being led by internationally renowned expert in the field Professor Bahman Tohidi from the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He has been at the helm of this collaborative initiative since the first phase got underway in 2011.

Apart from Linde, Statoil, TOTAL, Chevron, Petronas, the UK’s National Grid and Portugal’s Galp Energia will be participating in the second phase.

Precise measurement of the thermodynamic properties of CO2 and its accompanying components has a direct impact on the profitability of processes using CO2.

One of the objectives in this context is to guarantee and improve plant operation, safety and efficiency under all operating conditions.