RWE, Shell launch integrated sulfur, carbon capture plant at UK power station
RWE reported capturing the first tonne of CO2 at the joint demonstration plant. The announcement of ‘first capture’ highlights the successful commissioning of the ground-breaking regenerable carbon capture testing campaign, which will see 90% of CO2 captured and essentially all SO2 captured.
RWE npower and Shell-owned Cansolv Technologies have
successfully commenced operations at the worlds
first integrated sulphur dioxide (SO2)/carbon
dioxide (CO2) capture plant, the firms said
RWE captured the first tonne of CO2 at the joint demonstration
plant at Aberthaw Power Station in the UK.
The post-combustion plant will capture 50 tpd of CO2 from
Aberthaws flue gases -- the amount produced by 3
megawatts of electricity generation -- using
Cansolvs SO2 and CO2 scrubbing technologies.
The announcement of first capture highlights the
successful commissioning of the ground-breaking regenerable
carbon capture testing campaign, which will see 90% of CO2
captured and essentially all SO2 captured.
The use of a regenerable technology can also avoid landfill
produced from conventional non-regenerable systems in reusing
the absorbent by recycling it through the system over and over
again, resulting in less waste and cost savings without the
need to restock.
This is a significant milestone for Cansolv as its
a clear demonstration of our innovative and cutting-edge carbon
capture technology," said Philippe Gauthier,
president of Cansolv.
"We pride ourselves in being a company of firsts and were
proud to be partnered with RWE npower on this landmark project in Wales.
Cansolv and RWE npower say they will now initiate a
research and development program focused on further
optimization of the process and demonstrating the advantages of
new generation solvents.
The environmental performance of the process will also be
assessed during the pilot phase, at which time Cansolv and RWE
npower will be working with the UK Environment Agency to track
and evaluate the environmental aspects of carbon capture technology, in this case for
coal-fired power stations.
This work will keep Cansolv at the forefront by continually
improving the efficiency and economics of CO2 and SO2 capture
both for coal and gas power applications.
The project, co-funded by Cansolv and
RWE npower, will test the technologys ability to adapt to
the variable operation of UK-based fossil fuel fired power
plants. In addition, it will provide an opportunity to test a
new generation of solvents and SO2 solvent enhancements,
according to the company.
The Cansolv technology is a highly flexible and
robust system which uses regenerable amines to capture CO2 and
SO2. It is applicable to a broad range of industrial
applications, in addition to power plant flue gases worldwide.