The Carbon Corner - Issue #74

Discover the latest advancements in carbon capture technology with these groundbreaking stories. From innovative ship-based carbon capture prototypes achieving impressive capture rates to novel chemical processes utilizing elements like vanadium for efficient carbon scrubbing, these developments signal significant progress in the fight against climate change.

Explore more below on how companies like Equinor and ESG Clean Energy are revolutionizing carbon capture methods, paving the way for a more sustainable future.

ESG Clean Energy Breakthrough: Revolutionizing Carbon Capture Technology

ESG Clean Energy, LLC has achieved a significant breakthrough in carbon capture technology, confirming the effectiveness of its patented water removal system during recent testing at its power generation site in Holyoke, MA. President Nick Scuderi expressed confidence in the company's ability to efficiently remove carbon dioxide from fossil fuel emissions, marking a pivotal milestone in their quest for global commercialization.

The system, which treats exhaust streams to eliminate water vapor before capturing CO2, utilizes advanced ceramic membrane technology coupled with a unique mechanical cooling system, making carbon capture both cost-effective and energy-efficient. Unlike traditional methods, ESG's approach addresses the challenge of water interference, a common obstacle in carbon capture processes, allowing for scalability across various power plant sizes and facilitating application in the transportation industry. With plans to implement this technology across all its facilities and licensing agreements in place, ESG Clean Energy is poised to revolutionize carbon capture on a global scale.

Equinor's H2H Saltend: A Game-Changer for Yorkshire's Green Future

Equinor's groundbreaking "H2H Saltend" project, approved for construction on the Yorkshire coast of the UK, marks a significant step towards a greener future. Expected to generate over two thousand jobs, the project aims to slash carbon dioxide emissions at the Saltend Chemicals Park while providing low-carbon hydrogen for the region, fostering a low-carbon economy. By replacing natural gas in industrial plants, Equinor's facility will also curb carbon footprints. Set to capture a whopping 900,000 metric tons of CO2 annually for permanent storage beneath the North Sea, the project promises substantial environmental benefits. Although construction is slated for 2026 to 2030, the venture heralds East Yorkshire's pivotal role in the transition to a net-zero economy, attracting global investment and bolstering local opportunities.

EverLoNG Project: Achieving High Ship-Based Carbon Capture Rates

The EverLoNG project, focusing on ship-based carbon capture (SBCC), has achieved impressive capture rates of up to 85% during initial testing aboard the LNG-powered tanker Seapeak Arwa. Developed by Carbotreat and deployed in collaboration with TotalEnergies, this prototype underwent a successful trial, capturing up to 250kg of CO2 per day over 1,000 testing hours.

Researchers anticipate even higher capture rates with further system optimization. Next, the prototype will transition to the LNG-powered SSCV Sleipnir for a 500-hour campaign, showcasing the full carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) chain. This project aims to revolutionize carbon capture technology for maritime use, addressing the urgent need for decarbonization in the shipping industry.

Japanese Firms Collaborate on Carbon Capture and Storage Value Chain Across Malaysia and Japan

Japanese firms Mitsui & Co. and Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the development of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) value chain linking Malaysia and Japan. This partnership aims to establish a commercial-scale CCS value chain, focusing on activities like CO2 separation, capture, liquefaction, and storage. The initiative will utilize a CO2 storage site offshore Malaysia, developed jointly by Mitsui, Petronas, and TotalEnergies.

The study will involve the operation of a coal-fired thermal power plant by Chugoku Electric Power, with the captured CO2 transported to Malaysia for permanent geological storage. Mitsui, Petronas, and TotalEnergies have been collaborating on the Malaysian CO2 storage site since June 2023, targeting operational commencement by 2030.

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