Following the recent announcement by the White House detailing carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) plans, lithium project development company Standard Lithium has endeavoured to advance its sustainability goals by testing a ‘novel’ carbon capture technology in Southern Arkansas.

The pilot project will be a joint effort between Standard Lithium – which will fund the project - and the Norwegian owner of the technology, Aqualung Carbon Capture (Aqualung).

To be installed in southern Arkansas at a natural gas processing site owned and operated by Mission Creek Resources, the project is part of Standard Lithium’s attempt to minimise all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its future operations and related supply-chain activities.

Believing that the future of the lithium industry rests on its sustainability of production, Dr. Andy Robinson, President, COO, Standard Lithium, said, “We feel that successful proof of this carbon capture technology in Southern Arkansas may demonstrate another important technological step towards making the Gulf Coast region an industry-leading producer of sustainable lithium chemicals.”

Successfully piloted in Europe, the technology itself is based on a membrane system that selectively extracts CO2 from a wide range of CO2 sources emitted by hydrocarbon-burning energy sources. The captured gas can then be utilised or stored.

Commenting that Aqualung wants to take an active role in the industrial energy transition, Erik Mathiesen, CEO, Aqualung, added, “This project will prove the unique second-generation membrane technology’s contribution within an important business area in the circular economy.”

A CO2 stream will be taken from the pilot project at Mission Creek’s Dorcheat Macedonia facility before being processed and utilised in Standard Lithium’s R&D activities to investment methods of utilisation of CO2 for process and reagent optimisation.

Manufacturing of the pilot unit is due to begin in Q4 2021.