|Figure 1. Diagram showing UNO technology’s fit with the potassium supply chain|
(Image courtesy of CO2CRC)
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Equipment: Large Scale Single Stream Contacting Systems
Novel processes are key to driving down costs – but reducing equipment costs is no less important. UNO Technology has patented a novel contactor concept covering a range of configurations, including a large scale single stream concentric absorption/stripping column.
The concentric design is suitable for large scale implementation, with the potential for improved liquid and gas distribution, enhanced CO2 absorption and reduced equipment size.
Capital cost can be reduced by as much as 50 per cent. Concrete construction will enable larger diameters than those available in steel, and facilitates on-site construction with lower cost material. Use of geo-polymers can reduce CO2 emissions associated with producing cement construction material, with the potential to use on-site derived fly ash material. This innovation can be applied to all solvent capture processes.
Process and Heat Integration: Multi-objective Optimisation
This methodology and software provides a powerful tool for optimising energy usage and economic performance of retrofit and new-build CCS processes. As well as being an integral tool for low cost designs, multi-objective optimisation can help in developing retrofit pathways that may lead to accelerated uptake of CCS.
The UNO technologies have moved progressively from ideas, to bench scale testing, plant based trials and large scale engineering designs. This has allowed the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) to build steadily. The company greatly appreciates the contributions of the CO2CRC, BCIA, the Victorian Government and industry who have supported this work over the years.
The next phase of development is to work with industry partners, collaborators and investors to take the UNO technologies to full commercial scale. Initial pathways for this development have been developed and we have commenced discussions with a number of interested parties both in Australia and overseas. We welcome the opportunity to discuss our ideas and solutions with companies who are keen to move towards a carbon neutral future.
Join with us in driving down the cost of CO2 capture (www.unotech.com.au).
|For more information on UNO Technology, go to the previous page of this e-newsletter.|
|Barry Hooper is the Director of UNO Technology P/L and well known in the CCS space. Until recently he was the Chief Technologist and formerly Capture Program Manager of the CO2CRC and was on the Executive from its inception in 2003. He is an A/Prof at The University of Melbourne and a Science Leader with ANLEC R&D.|