A Contaminant Tolerant Solvent for Carbon Capture in Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants

Period of Performance: 01/01/2011 - 12/31/2011

$100K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Green Technology Ltd Co.
311 Townepark Cir Ste 101
Louisville, KY 40243
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Kentucky
109 Kinkead Hall
Lexington, KY 40506

Abstract

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will study the feasibility of a novel contaminant-tolerant solvent/stripping chemical hybrid process for post-combustion CO2 capture from utility flue gas. The process will use a proprietary solvent technology to achieve DOEs goal of 90% or greater CO2 emissions reduction at existing coal-fired power plants with no more than a 30% increase in cost of energy services. In phase I project, research efforts will focus on demonstrating the viability of the solvent technology to perform with actual flue gas compositions generated from existing coal-fired power plants through following tasks: 1) Determine the impact of flue gas constituents on solvent performance; 2) Perform computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study and modeling of the scrubber and 3) Conduct system performance and economic analysis. The proposed low-cost CO2 capture process, if proven technical feasibility, will improve the economics of the national greenhouse gas sequestration program, improve the overall plant efficiency of existing coal-fired power plants and reduce cost burden to utility industry and public as a whole