Our academic partner, Dr Carolina Font Palma at the University of Chester, has been awarded funding to work with PMW Technology to design and build a pilot cryogenic carbon capture process unit at the University’s Thornton Science Park.
The funding will enable the key low temperature separation process to be demonstrated and evaluated in continuous operation. The design is well advanced, with construction planned to be competed by Easter 2021, followed by commissioning and testing of the pilot.
The pilot unit has a working bed dimension of 100mm square, but despite its small size will be able to separate 75 to 300kg carbon dioxide per day, depending upon inlet gas composition.
Subsequent stages of development are planned to include the addition of the inlet gas treatment process to enable real exhaust gas streams, such as from diesel engines, to be handled by the process. This addition is relatively conventional but needs to demonstrate the successful cooling and removal of moisture and contaminants to extremely low levels.