CCS and Power Systems

Carbon Capture - Post-Combustion Capture

CO2 Binding Organic Liquids Gas Capture with Polarity Swing Assisted Regeneration

Performer: Battelle Memorial Institute

Project No: FE0007466

Program Background and Project Benefits

The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE/NETL) Carbon Capture Research & Development (R&D) Program is to develop innovative environmental control technologies to enable full use of the nation’s vast coal reserves, while at the same time allowing the current fleet of coal-fired power plants to comply with existing and emerging environmental regulations. The Carbon Capture R&D Program portfolio of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions control technologies and CO2 compression is focused on advancing technological options for new and existing coalfired power plants in the event of carbon constraints.

Pulverized coal (PC) plants burn coal in air to produce steam and comprise 99 percent of all coal-fired power plants in the United States. Carbon dioxide is exhausted in the flue gas at atmospheric pressure and a concentration of 10 to 15 percent by volume. Post-combustion separation and capture of CO2 is a challenging application due to the low pressure and dilute concentration of CO2 in the waste stream, trace impurities in the flue gas that affect removal processes, and the parasitic energy cost associated with the capture and compression of CO2. Solvent-based CO2 capture involves chemical or physical sorption of CO2 from flue gas into a liquid carrier. Although solvent-based systems are used commercially to remove CO2 from industrial gases, they have not been applied to the removal of large volumes from coal-fired power plant flue gas due to significant cost and efficiency penalties. The use of non-aqueous solvents is an area of research that has the potential to effectively reduce the energy requirements for regeneration and reuse of the solvent.

The combination of CO2BOL solvents with the PSAR process has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of capturing CO2 from coal-fired power plants and make progress toward achieving at least 90 percent capture of CO2 with less than 35 percent increase in the cost of electricity. This unique approach will be applicable to both new construction of pulverized-coal power plants as well as the retrofit of existing facilities.

Primary Project Goal

The overall project goal is to further develop and evaluate a new carbon capture process combining CO2BOLs with PSAR to achieve the DOE goals for post-combustion CO2 capture.


The objectives of the 30-month project are to complete technical and economic evaluations, integrated bench-scale process testing, safety and health assessments, and a final technology assessment.

Planned Activities

  • Perform process definition including process design and flow sheet evaluation.

  • Perform process chemistry evaluations including kinetic and equilibrium measurements to enable equipment design.

  • Perform an initial techno-economic feasibility study using Aspen Plus™ modeling. The economic evaluation will include capital and consumable cost estimations.

  • Complete design of the bench-scale system retrofits, procurement of required equipment, and the actual retrofit of the bench-scale system.

  • Conduct shakedown and parametric testing on the bench-scale system.

  • Gather information from the bench-scale test measure-ments to conduct an EH&S analysis.

  • Revise the techno-economic evaluation of the technology and assess overall efficacy for further programmatic considerations.

Project Details