CO2 Solutions, a company developing enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology, has announced a schedule of its pilot testing of rotating packed bed (RPB) equipments at the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC).
According to the company, previous testing of the RBP equipment using the company’s enzyme-based solvent has demonstrated CO2 absorption rates at least five times higher than conventional amine solvent processes.
The upcoming tests will be the largest carried out to date on the equipment and measure the capture efficiency of the RPB. They are expected to provide the required validation of the RPB in a carbon capture setting and provide data to enable the scaling up of the technology to commercial operations.
“The outcome, if our earlier results are confirmed, if that implementation of our technology will be even lower cost than what we have demonstrated thus far,” said Evan Price, President and CEE of CO2 Solutions.
Following these tests, the “logical follow up” would be to insert the RPB equipment into a commercial-scale project for carbon capture, continued Price. “At large scale, we anticipate achieving capture costs below those associated with emitting carbon, creating a strong economic incentive for the adoption of our technology.”
The EERC tests will run through September with provision for a longer test period, if required.
Edited by Jonathan Rowland.
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