The package offers a possibility to measure absorption kinetics with string of discs apparatus, wetted wall column and with stirred cell. All apparatuses are suitable for loaded and unloaded solutions. The String of discs can be used up to 70o C and the wetted wall column can be used up to 80o C. Stirred cell can be used up to 150o C. Additionally measurement of viscosity, density are available and physical solubility of CO2 using N2O analogy can be done.
The installations TA1.3, TA1.4 and TA1.5 are designed for CO2 capture research. In-house activity based thermodynamic and kinetic models can be used to model the experimental results. The laboratory has a close co-operation with analytical laboratory (SITNEF Biotechnology), which makes it possible to analyze liquid samples for degradation products and amines. Additionally NMR can be used to find the speciation in the liquid.
Measurement of thermodynamic data, like VLE and heat of absorption, needed for example in process modelling can be performed. Absorption kinetics including measurement of physical properties is needed for sizing of absorber. Degradation studies will give fundamental understanding of the solvent as well as indicate the solvent make-up costs. Part of experimental apparatuses have been / are used in EU-funded projects like CASTOR, CESAR, DeCarbit, ENGAS, iCAP and HiperCAP. There is a close co-operation with SINTEF Materials and Chemistry and a long history of collaboration with the Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsingua University, Beijing and the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Austin, Texas through exchange of PhD students and research personnel. In the last 5 years, more than 50 peer reviewed journal publications has been published presenting data from these installations.