Caption: Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage project
Last Thursday SaskPower officially launched its Carbon Capture Test Facility (CCTF) in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada. Built in partnership with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., the CCTF is a high-tech laboratory that uses a small amount of exhaust (flue) gas from the neighboring Shand Power Station and allows researchers to test equipment, chemical innovation, or engineering designs in a highly controlled environment.
The CCTF is a modular facility in which individual parts can be isolated, modified, and operated to test specific carbon capture technologies using sophisticated measurement tools and a data system that continually records operating conditions at a hundred locations. Companies that use the facility are able to track how their particular technology performs over time and in response to realistic commercial operating conditions.
The launch was attended by representatives from approximately 20 countries that are part of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, a global group of policy makers who meet biannually to discuss CCS potential around the world.
‟SaskPower can now offer access to this unique facility for companies to develop and test carbon capture and storage technologies,” said Premier Brad Wall. ‟This will continue to bring international interest to Saskatchewan and give us prime access to the next generation of CCS innovation.”
“We need a mix of sources to meet the ever-growing demand for power, and in a way that balances affordability, reliability and sustainability,” said SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh. ‟Carbon capture and storage is part of that mix. SaskPower is a pioneer in this technology, and we benefit from working with world technical leaders in this new facility to stay on the cusp of new and efficient CCS developments.”
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. will be the CCTF’s first client.
‟We’re pleased to be working with SaskPower on this initiative”, said Yasuo Fujitani, Senior Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. ‟We will be using our time in the CCTF to test our new amine solution.” Amine is the chemical solvent at the core of many CCS processes.
SaskPower also operates the Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage project near the new test facility. As the company’s flagship carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiative, the Boundary Dam project began operation in 2014 and is the world’s first post-combustion coal-fired CCS project.