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A UK-based SME and UK-based university have developed a novel carbon capture and storage process. They are looking to develop the concept to demonstrator / pilot stage and are submitting a proposal to the LC-SC3-NZE-1-2018: Advanced CO2 capture technologies call topic in Horizon 2020. They are looking for consortium partners with expertise in industrial refrigeration, mechanical handling and process control design and implementation under a research cooperation agreement.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology can prevent the carbon dioxide produced from the use of fossil fuels in energy generation and industrial processes from reaching the atmosphere and so contributing to climate change. However these technologies are energy intensive, costly, complex to integrate and lack the flexibility to work effectively in a range of applications. This limits their adoption requiring new advances in CCS technology to overcome these problems.
A UK-based SME and a UK-based university have worked jointly on developing a novel solution to this problem. The patented advanced cryogenic carbon capture (A3C) process separates carbon dioxide as a frost on a moving packed bed of metallic or ceramic beads. The process comprises three core elements, gas cooler / dryer, carbon dioxide separation and refrigeration. The A3C process has been shown to have low energy consumption, have simple integration and have flexibility.
The UK SME and UK university have proved the concept through a research project funded by UK government and are now looking to further develop the technology to demonstrator / pilot project level. They are developing a proposal to the LC-SC3-NZE-1-2018: Advanced CO2 capture technologies call topic in Horizon 2020 and are looking for consortium partners for the following:
To provide capability and expertise in the required low temperature refrigeration systems to enable the scale up of the process to industrial capacity.
To provide expertise and equipment in regard to mechanical handling to circulate the moving packed bed.
To provide expertise in process control design and implementation to ensure that the separate component process sections integrate without loss of efficiency.
Deadline for EOIs: 31st July 2018.
Call deadline: 6th September 2018.
The UK SME and UK university are looking for partners, either industrial or academic, in order to do the following within the project under a research cooperation agreement:
1. Refrigeration systems - the partner must provide support for the design development and supply of an unusual refrigeration system. It has a cold temperature of around 150K with heat rejection partly at 200K and partly at above ambient. The UK SME and university have created and modelled a conceptual design which needs scaling up to pilot scale with potential application at multi-MW compressor power
2. Mechanical handling - the process uses a moving bed of mm scale steel beads whose movement needs to be controlled and vertical circulation maintained with temperatures around the process ranging from 150K to 370K. The partner must be able to provide mechanical handling design expertise and equipment supply for a pilot project at around 1 tonne / hour with potential application at over 1000 tonnes / hour.
3. Process control design and implementation - the partner should have experience of process engineering projects, preferable in the energy sector and be able to integrate the operation of the technologies together to ensure the solution works at scale with no loss of efficiency.