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Differential distribution of Kir4. Since zeolites offer more benefits for temperature swing adsorption given their strong adsorption of CO 2 , they are more attractive for ESA applications. Efforts have therefore been made to integrate the zeolite into the carbon monolith walls or pack the zeolite within the carbon channels with some success.
Importantly, the cooling step could be eliminated. It is likely that ESA is more suited to small scale operation where a small process footprint is important. This is a moisture induced cycle, and is a new approach to regenerating CO 2 sorbents — evaporation of water effectively provides the free energy that drives the cycle. The latter process denoted sorption enhanced water gas shift or SEWGS uses a high temperature adsorbent e. The sorbent is then regenerated with steam. The purity of CO 2 produced from adsorbent processes is strongly dependent on operating parameters of the process.
Therefore, there are considerable savings to be achieved by operating the adsorption system at lower CO 2 purity. These systems are extremely attractive for producing liquid CO 2 , which may be pumped to high pressure at much lower energy than compression of CO 2 gas. A hybrid process consisting of an adsorption process followed by a cryogenic process is therefore an ideal solution. Li Yuen Fong et al. A multi-objective optimisation MOO technique in combination with heat integration was used to optimise the total shaft work and the overall CO 2 recovery rate of the capture process including compression to bar pressure.
A minimum energy optimum was determined for the total specific shaft work required at an overall recovery rate of A simple CO 2 liquefier was used in this study and there is considerable scope to employ a more sophisticated cryogenic process integrated with the adsorption process. There is considerable industrial knowledge of zeolite manufacturing and its applications in gas separations.
From a more fundamental view point, zeolites are crystalline materials and hence can be relatively easily modelled, which can eventually reduce the time needed to evaluate their performance as outlined in Section 4. The inherent tunability of the MOFs chemistry and structure represent one of the key strengths of these materials, potentially allowing one to tune the CO 2 uptake, selectivity and heat of adsorption.
Like zeolites, their crystalline structure makes them ideal candidates for simulation studies.
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As with zeolites, many carbon-based materials e. With the exception of carbon nanomaterials such as nanotubes and graphene, carbonaceous materials are typically cheap and can be manufactured in large-scale. Owing to their hydrophobic nature, carbon-based materials are not strongly affected by moisture, though a decrease in capacity is often observed compared to the performance under dry conditions. In fact, these performance metrics are limited at low pressure and non-functionalised carbon-based materials are thus preferred for high-pressure separations.
Carbon-based materials are good candidates in ESA process protocols. We note that carbonaceous sorbents could include polymeric compounds, which have also been tested for CO 2 capture. Chemical leaching is another typical issues that occur when N-containing compounds are only physically impregnated on the adsorbent. In many cases amine-modified adsorbents have either not been tested under process cycling schemes or have limited lifetimes under such testing conditions.
While the four classes of adsorbents described above typically form the core of materials used for CO 2 capture, researchers have also tried to combine them and form composites to create synergistic effects and address one or more of the weaknesses of a given compound. Several of these composites are made of a carbon-based nanomaterial i.
One key area that needs addressing is that of materials testing and screening. The former aspect will enable to derive the kinetic properties of the various adsorbents and hence provide a more realistic picture of their performance. It is recognised that some kinetic studies have already been reported but they are not yet performed systematically.
We highlight here recent work on the development of a high-throughput analyser enabling multicomponent equilibrium experiments.
Further work around adsorber design is also crucial to allow faster cycles since it will directly influence the overall process. While the commonly proposed bed contactors include fixed bed, fluidised bed and moving bed, we note here the recent development of a rotary wheel adsorber to allow fast TSA cycles. Industrial scale formulation of some of the novel advanced adsorbents discussed in Section 4.
To be integrated in a process, the materials must be manufactured as structured adsorbents, e.
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This is particularly true in the case of MOFs, which are still largely synthesised in a powder form. In the near future, we can expect the emergence of a number of spin-outs and start-ups producing MOF in different formats, e. Research studies have also started investigating the incorporation of MOFs into structured supports such as fibres and monoliths. As we have amassed more knowledge concerning CO 2 adsorption, CO 2 adsorbents and their performance metrics from different experimental and computational viewpoints, there is now a need to consolidate that knowledge and propose a combined multi-scale approach to the development of CO 2 adsorbents and adsorption technologies.
The examples of recent studies highlighted above are beginning to move towards that direction. For mid-size CO 2 capture applications, recent advances in adsorption technology are providing low cost and low energy options, thus potentially offering an attractive alternative to liquid scrubbing systems. Some promising developments include adsorbent structures, hybrid amine sorbents, low quality steam regeneration and rapid cycling.
However, for large scale processes, it is unlikely that adsorbent technology will be competitive against established liquid scrubbing systems due to the complexity of large scale solids handling. Hybrid sorption enhanced reactive systems such as SEWGS have a strong role to play, particularly as hydrogen is promoted as an energy carrier in some economies.
In a relatively short time, adsorption processes have developed rapidly and the future looks bright for further development and deployment in a range of CO 2 capture applications.
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Although the use of lime as a means for removing CO 2 from hot gases is over years old, the idea of using it in a reversible scheme to strip CO 2 from flue gases is relatively new and can be represented schematically by Fig. Implicit in such a cycle is the requirement that the lime product be used in multiple cycles in order to minimise the costs, and increase the overall efficiency of the process and this demands the use of a carbonator and a regenerator, normally envisaged as being a small oxy-fuel power plant to regenerate the spent sorbent and produce a pure stream of CO 2 for storage, or possibly use see Fig.
CaL technology has also been progressed to pilot scale. There are two major demonstration projects, one at the University of Darmstadt, in Germany , and one in La Pereda, Spain, which have been used to extensively test circulating fluidised bed-based technology, and a 1. It was gradually recognised that the typical TGA environment used to assess sorbent performance was associated with major flaws. Finally, it is worth noting that steam has been shown to produce clear beneficial effects on the carbonation process; it also appears that it can produce significant benefits in improving sorbent performance when it is added to the calciner of a kW th pilot plant.
Despite ample evidence to the contrary, numerous studies on sorbent performance are compromised by the use of low calcination temperatures and unrealistic chemical environments. This has been pointed out again recently by Clough et al. Sorbent attrition is another area which has received attention over an extended period. Although there are limestones that perform extremely poorly, the fact that there are both fully operational demonstration units and a large number of pilot plants is a clear indication that natural sorbents can perform adequately in CaL processes.
Nonetheless, numerous attempts have been made to improve sorbent performance by various kinds of treatment, most notably pelletisation with a support material, often with mixed results and a critical issue in such evaluations is again that tests be performed under realistic fluidised bed conditions.
The importance of the final physical matrix in terms of ultimate performance of a Ca sorbent has been further demonstrated by mixing low levels of biomass into a pelletised matrix, and observing a significant improvement in sorbent performance, which as noted above does not necessarily lead to superior performance in a real fluidised bed system as the resulting material becomes more susceptible to fragmentation and attrition.
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It should also be noted that while this discussion is focused on limestone, there are many natural Ca-based materials, some of which may well have superior performance, and there is a significant body of literature on the potential of various such materials, some of which appear to have superior capture performance e. An alternative to steam reactivation is to recarbonate the spent sorbent. This was first suggested by Salvador et al. Further work demonstrated that carbonation time has a robust effect on carrying capacity. If the carbonation time increased, then the residual conversion also increased.
Another interesting possibility is combining CaL with thermal storage. At the simplest level, producing CaO from CaCO 3 offers the possibility of thermal storage by itself. There has also been increasing interest in combining CaL technology with solar power. One of the first uses of chemical looping was the Brin process used to manufacture gas phase oxygen reaction 6.
The reaction is reversed by lowering the temperature and increasing the partial pressure of oxygen. More recently this approach has been investigated under various names, including ceramic auto-thermal reforming, and chemical looping air separation CLAS ; the former using perovskite material, and the latter using materials such as copper oxide.
A similar argument can be made for chemical looping combustion, in which the fuel is brought into direct contact with the metal oxide. Here, the exergy loss associated with the combustion reaction itself is partially avoided. Chemical looping combustion was originally proposed as a way to increase the efficiency of fossil fuel power station because it avoided the exergy loss associated with combustion.