IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme

1st Post Combustion Capture Conference

Date 17th -19th May 2011

yas-hotel Venue: Yas Hotel

Hosted by Masdar 

Sponsored by

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Post-combustion capture typically uses a solvent to chemically absorb the CO2 from the flue gases after the combustion process. Reactive absorbents are currently the preferred choice due to the low partial pressure of CO2 (between 3-15 kPa) in the flue gas with nitrogen to be considered as the main component.  Nevertheless, other techniques, such as membranes and adsorption are not as mature as the chemical absorption processes and require further research and development. The main lines of research are focusing on the improvement of the currently available technologies and on the development of new processes for capturing CO2.

Post-combustion capture of CO2 by solvents such as methanolamine (MEA) is commercially available now from well-known licensors. However, such processes were not originally designed for application in large fossil fuel fired power stations and still considered energy-intensive and costly.

It is acknowledged that the solvent developments for CO2 post-combustion capture are accelerating with the expectation of future CO2 emissions constraints. Major process and solvent improvements were claimed for the conventional MEA solvent system. In addition, new chemical based capture processes have been demonstrated in small scales or still in earlier phases of development. It is important to draw attention that major activities have been directed toward operating capture pilot plants and planning future larger scale demonstration projects.

The capture technologies providers and developers have set themselves the following specific objective: 'To develop more efficient and cost effective CO2 capture from flue gases than is currently available through demonstration of a range of solvent scrubbing or by developing new technologies such as membranes and solid absorbents based technologies.

Technical Programme

Dates to Remember

1st October 2010      Abstract submission opens

1st December 2010  Conference registration opens

15th January 2011     Abstract submission deadline - now closed

15th March 2011       Notification of acceptance for presentations

17th -19th May 2011 1st Post Combustion Capture Conference


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