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InnoSepra to test new carbon capture technology at TCM

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InnoSepra, LLC has entered into an agreement with Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) to conduct a test on its new adsorbent technology for carbon capture. The test campaign will take place at TCM’s new site for emerging technologies, starting in 1Q22.

InnoSepra is focusing on development of cutting-edge technologies to be used for post combustion capture. The project to be tested at TCM is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

The site for emerging technologies was built in 2020 as TCM’s third test-facility at the plant and is used for testing technologies such as membranes and adsorbents, solid materials that bind carbon dioxide (CO2) in its surface. These emerging technologies are typically at a lower technology readiness level than more classical technologies, such as solvents, and the site creates new opportunities for technology development.

“For many years we have been collaborating with vendors funded by the DOE Office of Fossil Energy’s NETL to validate the performance of carbon capture technologies at a larger scale on actual flue gas by testing at TCM. We are now seeing this collaboration extending into our new test site during 2021,” said Ernst Petter Axelsen, CEO at TCM. “We are also pleased that a reputable technology developer like InnoSepra has chosen it as arena for their test-programme.”

“Our purpose is to demonstrate the scale up and long-term operation of the second generation of InnoSepra’s process for post combustion CO2 capture,” added Dr. Ravi Jain, President of InnoSepra. “We use physical sorbents to produce CO2 at high purity and high recovery ratios. This process aims at improving the energy requirements of the sorbent regeneration, leading to lower operational costs.”

InnoSepra was started in 2007 using the team’s long experience in industrial gases separation and purification. They have commercialised technologies in more than 100 plants for The BOC Group, which during its time was one of the world’s largest producers of industrial gases essential to almost every manufacturing process.

InnoSepra has a portfolio of technologies based on a platform technology for CO2 capture and removal from various process streams. Together with TCM and NETL they are now ready to address various process risks that might arise from scaling up the process from lab and pilot testing into large scale.

“TCM offers expertise on de-risking technology, analytical capabilities and know-how that allows efficient troubleshooting and optimisation of capture processes. This contribution is crucial for us to achieve the objectives of the campaign,” Jain concluded.

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