Integrated Testing of a Membrane Carbon Dioxide Capture Process with a Coal-Fired Boiler


MTR skids with 0.6 MWe SBS-II boiler facility<br/>in background at B&W Research Facility
MTR skids with 0.6 MWe SBS-II boiler facility
in background at B&W Research Facility
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.
Website:  Membrane Technology and Research Inc.
Award Number:  FE0026414
Project Duration:  07/01/2015 – 03/31/2018
Total Award Value:  $4,666,656
DOE Share:  $3,733,325
Performer Share:  $933,331
Technology Area:  Post-Combustion Capture
Key Technology:  Membranes
Location:  Newark, California

Project Description

Membrane Technology and Research Inc. (MTR), along with the Babcock and Wilcox Company (B&W), will advance the development of MTR’s existing 1 MWe membrane carbon dioxide (CO2) capture system by integrating the system with B&W’s 0.6 MWe coal-fired research boiler and performing pilot-scale testing of the integrated system. The combined membrane/boiler system recycles CO2 to the boiler to increase the CO2 concentration in flue gas, which reduces the cost of subsequent CO2 capture. The membrane process, developed by MTR, incorporates MTR’s innovative Polaris™ membranes and a countercurrent sweep module design, and can capture 20 tons CO2 per day at a coal-fired power plant. The small pilot membrane system was successfully field tested in previous projects with real flue gas. Previous testing of B&W’s research boiler with CO2-laden combustion air was also conducted to evaluate the impact of CO2 recycle on boiler performance. This project will provide validation of the integrated system to mitigate risks for scale-up. The membrane unit will be modified and installed at B&W’s research facility in Barberton, Ohio. Parametric testing will be conducted using two types of coal to analyze process parameters while monitoring boiler performance and CO2 capture efficiency.

Predecessor Project: DE-FE0005795

Project Benefits

MTR’s membrane capture process transfers recycled CO2 to the boiler, reducing the overall cost of CO2 capture from coal-fired power plants. Successful testing of the membrane system combined with a coal-fired boiler will make significant progress towards meeting the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) capture cost target of $40/tonne CO2 at a 90 percent capture rate.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
José Figueroa:
Technology Manager 
Lynn Brickett:
Principal Investigator 
Tim Merkel:

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