Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL) has signed a contract to test its solvent technology at Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), the world’s largest and most advanced facility for testing and improving carbon dioxide (CO2) capture.
CCSL’s chemical solvents can remove up to 50% more CO2 with the same energy requirement, thereby reducing the size of equipment and energy demand.
It could start its test campaign at TCM as early as November this year.
Tests to date have shown CCSL’s technology to have significantly improved energy efficiency and reduced solvent loss and degradation than its competitors, minimising overall operating costs.
The company is now demonstrating its technology at TCM to generate long-term testing data at full-scale carbon capture.
Roy Vardheim, Managing Director of TCM, said, “TCM has been playing a vital role in the development of CCS technologies since 2012, helping companies like Aker, Alstom and Shell Cansolv to test and reduce the costs and risks of scaling-up carbon capture.”
“These four new test campaigns represent a new milestone in the commercialisation of this vital climate technology.”
Aniruddha Sharma, CEO of CCSL, added, “Use of ineffective amines across the industry is the root cause of high corrosion, high energy demand and solvent loss, and our drop-in solvent technology has the potential to dramatically reduce this. Having demonstrated the technology at pilot scale at the National Carbon Capture Centre, USA, we believe that this demonstration with TCM can bring the technology to commercial readiness.”
The news follows the recent announcement of funding from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) for test campaigns at TCM by GE, Alstom, and possibly the University of Kentucky (test site still to be decided).
GE, Alstom, and potentially the University of Kentucky (UoK) are heading for TCM during Phase 1 of the DOE’s Carbon Capture Programme. It is expected that two of NETL’s Phase 1 projects will then be granted Phase 2 awards for construction and implementation of pilot testing, anticipated by mid-2016.
The large-scale testing will aim to demonstrate the technologies at industrial scale and provide final confidence in the maturity of the carbon capture technology for full-scale commercial deployment, reducing emissions from power plants and other large industrial point sources of CO2.
GE chemists have developed a solution that uses a class of amino silicone compounds at various temperatures to capture and release carbon. These compounds are the same as those found in hair conditioners and fabric softeners. In hair products and washing machines, the compounds are used to soften hair or clothing. GE is using them to attach and wash out CO2 gas from a power plant flue stack.
As part of Phase 1 funding, GE will advance planning of their Amino-silicone CO2 capture technology towards large scale pilot testing.
The University of Kentucky Research Foundation will design, fabricate, install, and test a large-pilot facility that will illustrate an innovative carbon capture system integrated with an operating power plant. The novel concepts used in this project will improve the overall plant efficiency when integrated with a CO2 capture system and can be utilised to retrofit existing coal-fired power plants.