Pilot-Scale Testing of CO2-Removal System Completed

Pilot-Scale Testing of CO2-Removal System Completed

ION Engineering completed the first pilot scale testing of its proprietary solvent and process technology that removes carbon dioxide (CO2) from sources such as natural gas- and coal-fired power plants.
The project consisted of approximately 1,200 hours of continuous testing at the 0.6-MW Pilot Solvent Test Unit at the National Carbon Capture Center in Alabama. NCCC is owned by Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). During the testing, ION captured 99 percent of the incoming CO2 from the coal-fired plant’s flue gas, while maintaining stable process operation and meeting project objectives.
ION developed process modeling capabilities to further predict how the technology will perform under different process and operating conditions. One of the outcomes of the testing was validation of the process model, which provides ION the ability to accurately predict how their technology will perform at other facilities. Pilot testing was completed in August and a full analysis report will be completed in early 2016.
In mid-2016, the company plans to initiate the next phase of testing, which includes its solvent and technology process moving from a 0.6-MW facility to an over 10-MW scale at an international test facility. The next phase is expected to run through the end of 2016.

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