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First carbon capture pilot rig delivered by Compact Membrane Systems

Compact Membrane Systems announced that it has delivered a carbon capture pilot rig to OMV, a leading petrochemical company in Austria. The rig delivery represents an important milestone in demonstrating CMS’s breakthrough technology and its potential to unlock near-term decarbonization for heavy industry, which accounts for nearly 40% of worldwide CO2 emissions. 

The rig is the first of three that will be delivered this year for paid pilots with partners that CMS met through the Verbund X accelerator in 2023 – voestalpine, a leading steel provider, RHI Magnesita, a leading refractory materials producer, and OMV, a leading petrochemical company. Testing these small rigs onsite in industrial conditions will enable CMS to demonstrate the performance of the technology in actual facility flue gasses before scaling up to larger modules for commercial deployment.

The carbon capture technology builds on the field validation and commercial ramp up of the Optiperm™ platform, which has been tested in the field in an olefin-paraffin separation pilot with a leading petrochemical company for 18 months.

Membrane chemistry: the key to unlocking industrial decarbonization

CMS’ advanced membrane solution is poised to play a pivotal role in decarbonizing heavy industry by making carbon capture cost effective and feasible for a wide range of industrial applications that are underserved by incumbent carbon capture and other decarbonization technologies. 

CMS’ state-of-the-art Facilitated Transport Membranes (FTM) give it a patented ‘unfair advantage.’ Unlike conventional high-pressure separation methods, CMS’ technology relies  on the chemistry of the membrane itself for energy-efficient separation. The result is an energy-efficient, low cost, and fully electrified solution that can be easily installed and operated without disrupting existing processes. This makes the technology cost-effective and feasible for companies in the steel, cement, and petrochemical industries who want to reduce emissions from existing industrial assets. 

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