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Modular CCUS upgrades for maximizing existing coal plant profitability: achieving chemical coproduction output and price-point goals through retrofit of proven conventional hydrocarbon processing technology.
By: Walter J. O’Brien, Industrial Cost Analysis
Making electricity plus chemicals is a primary component responsible for our nation’s economic growth and stability. DuPont de Nemours, Monsanto, Dow, BASF U.S.A. and other chemical giants of the last century advance the renown of their present world market standing through applying principles of chemical manufacture developed during that epoch. Crafting strategies for coal plant stack gas-derived conversion to coal-to-chemicals co-production therefore is but a modern continuation of a time hallowed industrial tradition.
CASE STUDY: Public Communication and Collaboration for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Technology: Acceptance, Education, and Outreach
Editor’s note: Dr. Brauer presented information on the Richland Community College / Illinois – Industry Carbon Capture and Storage project in the ACC’s May 15th Coal Q&A webcast. Dr Brauer’s presentation was titled “Carbon (Dioxide) Capture and Storage – Public Acceptance 101.” The PowerPoint slides and audio recording of the webcast are available to ACC members in the member section of the ACC website. This article provides further information on the methods used to obtain public support for the IL-ICCS project.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published to the ACC’s online magazine website (www.acclive.com) in July, 2014. It has been moved to the Coalblog as part of our redesign of our online publications.
Opportunities and research available to form solutions
By Walter James O’Brien
No one in history has ever won a purely defensive war. Even with no U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory constraints, coal industries must deploy their Spreadsheet Army of generation planners and CFOs to aggressively address the problems of shrinking demand, the high cost of upgrade money, unavailability of engaged and adequately trained employees, the destabilizing financial impact of disruptive technological innovation and the rising cost of maintaining older equipment if coal is to survive as an industry.
Carbon capture use and storage is rapidly becoming a reality.
This Energy.gov news release describes the recent dedication ceremonies at a Port Arthur, TX hydrogen production facility. As part of the production of H2, the Air Products and Chemicals plant also strips out CO2, dries it, and compresses it. The captured CO2 is already being used in an adjacent oil field for enhanced oil recovery (EOR).
A joint industry/DOE project is demonstrating the commercial viability of carbon capture, use, and storage technologies in Texas. The project is currently capturing CO2, compressing and drying it, pipelining it to a “played out” oilfield near West Hastings, TX, and injecting it into the oilfield to enhance oil recovery.
The project at Air Products and Chemicals hydrogen production facility in Port Arthur, Texas, is significant for demonstrating both the effectiveness and commercial viability of CCUS technology as an option in helping mitigate atmospheric CO2 emissions. …
The DOE has approved a field test for a new CO2 capture membrane. The new technology has successfully captured 90% of CO2 from flue gas in studies, so has been approved to advance to larger scale field studies.
In an $18.75 million project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Membrane Technology and Research Inc. (MTR) and its partners tested the Polaris™ membrane system, which uses a CO2-selective polymeric membrane (micro-porous films which act as semi-permanent barriers to separate two different mediums) material and module to capture CO2 from a plant’s flue gas. Post-combustion separation and capture of CO2 is challenging due to the low pressure and diluted concentration of CO2 in the waste stream; trace impurities in the flue gas that affect removal processes; and the amount of energy required for CO2 capture and compression.
The DOE is reporting success after completing the first year of testing in its research on carbon dioxide capture and storage in large saline aquifers. The test is studying the feasibility of capturing CO2 from an industrial source and storing it in a compressed – supercritical – state in geological formations near Decatur, IL.