Sheffield, S20 1AH, United Kingdom


PCC Plant (SCCP) (UK2.1)

PCC Plant - Solvent-based Carbon Capture Plant (SCCP)

The Solvent-based Carbon Capture Plant (SCCP) enables the development, evaluation and optimisation of a variety of solvents for post-combustion capture and related technologies. It is designed to remove up to 1 tonne/day of CO2 (based on MEA) from an equivalent of approximately 150 kW conventional coal combustion flue gas. The plant incorporates 8m absorber and a cleaned flue gas wash column, re-boiler, desorber column and a condenser on top of the column, and fresh and spent solvent tanks. The absorber and desorber columns are equipped with temperature and differential pressure sensors, solvent sampling ports, provisions for corrosion coupons and alternative materials test sites, and trace gas injection capability. The plant also has an integrated flue gas desulphurisation carbonate wash system. It is controlled and monitored through a dedicated control system. The plant is connected directly to PACT combustion facilities: the 250kW Air Combustion Plant and the 300kW Gas Turbine System, enabling post-combustion capture research from real flue gases from natural gas power plants as well as pulverised fuel combustion plants including coal, biomass and co-firing. The facility is also connected to a dedicated gas mixing facility enabling carbon capture from any synthesised flue gas compositions, including industrial effluent gas mixtures.

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State of the Art, uniqueness & specific advantages

Integrated carbon generation with capture facilities covering wide range of fuels and flue gases, and modulated and simulated gas compositions including from industrial processes Flexible, broad range plant operating parameters and configuration Comprehensive state-of-the-art online analytical capability including full gas composition (FTIR), metal aerosols/particulates (ICP-OES), particulate and aerosol analysis (DMS500) Advanced capability for absorber column profiling and modelling Fully integrated system for wide range of combustion types and flue gas compositions

Scientific Environment

INTEGRATED PILOT-SCALE FACILITIES PACT 250 kW PF rig (coal/biomass)/natural gas combustion plant Two 330 kW CHP Gas turbines (with multi-fuel capability including natural gas/ biogas, LPG, etc.) 150 kW grate combustion system for biomass and waste (planned development) PACT Gas Mixing Facility with cryogenic bulk gases and trace-gas injection capability for combustion gas modulation or generation of synthetic combustion/industrial process gases SUPPORTING ANALYTICAL FACILITIES Online ICP analysis of metal aerosols: Mobile state-of-the-art ICP lab for online simultaneous analysis of up to 50 metal species in PCC plant inlet or FGD/water-wash outlet to support solvent degradation research and mitigating strategies Cambustion DMS500 MKII Fast Particulate Analyser: For online analysis of particulates in flue gas or aerosol formation research on the PCC plant, generating real time particle size, number, and mass spectra FTIR gas analysers: Two FTIR gas analysers for simultaneous online analysis of up to 20-25 species in flue/process/synthetic gas on the PACT PCC plant supporting, for example, dynamic operation and emissions research PetroOxy lab-scale equipment, providing thermal and oxidative solvent degradation rates under various thermal conditions and gas compositions. GCMS: Lab analyser for capture solvent composition, concentration and loading and for solvent degradation analysis TG, TG-IR, TG-MS: Thermogravimetric analysis coupled with emission gas analysis by FTIR and/or Mass Spectrometry (primarily for solids) Constraints: Plant max pressure 4 bar, max flue gas flow 300 Nm3/hr; maximum height of installation for additional columns: 15 m; maximum flue gas inlet temperature: 160C; fresh/spent solvent storage conditions: at atmospheric temperatures.

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Translational Energy Research Centre
United Kingdom
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Sheffield, S20 1AH, United Kingdom
Dr Kris Milkowski
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Audrey Ougier-Simonin

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