Optimizing Carbon Capture and Storage Processes

by , , | May 2, 2022 | Event, Sustainability

Jim Cahill

Chief Blogger, Social Marketing Leader

A critical component of tackling climate change is the removal of emitted carbon from the atmosphere. Easier said than done! This session will discuss the measurement challenges–and some avenues to overcome those challenges–around capturing, processing, and sequestering CO2. In a May 10 Green Innovation Day presentation in the Houston, Texas area, Moving Toward a Carbon Neutral Future – Measurement Solutions for the Carbon Capture Value Chain, Emerson’s Julie Valentine and Brandon Bromberek will discuss solutions to optimize carbon capture & storage (CCS) operations.

They will open the presentation by highlighting the carbon capture costs for a compelling business case in high and low CO2 concentration processes. Examples of elevated CO2 concentration processes include natural gas processing, coal to chemicals, ammonia, bioethanol, ethylene oxide, hydrogen via steam methane reforming, and gas compression. Low CO2 concentration processes include iron & steel, cement, power generation, and direct air capture. Market dynamics shift the cost versus benefit balance.

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Each of these processes has key operating challenges. Source carbon processes are energy intensive. Today, carbon capture plants have poor process efficiency. The CO2 purification and liquefaction process can lose containment risks and liquid phase instability. Compressors need to be reliable in the transport of C02 through pipelines and vessels. Underground storage needs to reliably hold the CO2 pressure and not release it into the atmosphere.

Emerson has solutions to these challenges, including energy management information systems (EMIS), measurement instruments and analyzers, industrial process control software, Enviro-Seal valve packing to mitigate fugitive emissions, corrosion & erosion monitoring, and absorber & stripper level control.

Julie and Brandon will discuss the core CO2 capture technologies and how they use traditional process separation methods. These technologies include absorption, membrane, and adsorption. Absorption is the most mature and proven technology, adsorption is growing in use, and transformational solvents, sorbents & membranes are emerging over time. The most efficient separation technologies have high capture rates of CO2, high solvent stability, and low energy penalties.

Find out more about the May 10 Green Innovation Day and these solutions to optimize the entire carbon capture and storage value chain or follow the links above for more on the specific technologies and solutions. We’ll post updates as more locations are announced.

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