The 7th Post-Combustion Capture Conference, Pittsburgh

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By Abdul'Aziz Aliyu

5 October 2023

The 7th edition of the Post Combustion Capture Conference (PCCC-7) was held on the 25 – 27 September 2023 and was jointly hosted by the IEAGHG, U.S. Department of Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and sponsored by Worley, Shell, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

PCCC was designed as a forum to explore the current status and progress of post-combustion capture technologies. It serves as a platform for technology providers and developers to exchange expertise and experiences across the value chain of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS). While the conference addresses a broad spectrum of topics related to post-combustion capture, particular focus is given to capture pilot plants and large-scale demonstration project results, challenges, and future plans.

On the first day of the conference, Abdul’Aziz Aliyu; IEAGHG initiated the proceedings. This was followed by welcome addresses from Kelly Thambimuthu; Chair of IEAGHG, Dr. David Miller; NETL and Jerad Bachar; VisitPITTSBURGH. On the second day, the keynote speakers were Sarah Forbes from the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM), Ed S. Rubin of Carnegie Mellon University, who was the recipient of the IEAGHG Greenman Award in 2022, and Patricia Scozzafave; Shell. On the third and final day of the conference, Dan Hancu of FECM, Takashi Kamijo of MHI, Rob Berra of Worley, Gary Rochelle; The University of Texas at Austin, and Jon Gibbins from the University of Sheffield and UKCCSRC delivered the concluding keynote addresses.

Approximately 180 international delegates attended the conference, which featured 18 technical sessions organized into two parallel streams. The sessions covered a range of themes, including process configurations, process applications, process modelling, amine oxidation, amine degradation, demonstration activities, novel amines, modelling of novel amines, environmental impacts, and alternative concepts. The poster session was also held on the second day of the conference.

On September 28, 2023, approximately 40 delegates were treated to a guided tour of NETL, offering them a first-hand glimpse into the state-of-the-art facilities and R&D initiatives of the NETL, which, over the last century, has pioneered breakthroughs in energy research and technology in response to the nation’s evolving energy needs.

A highlight of the site visit was the NETL DAC Centre, The DAC Centre is gearing up to deploy a demonstration-scale DAC unit in the forthcoming months. This upcoming facility aims to be a comprehensive, cutting-edge testing platform that facilitates collaborations with NETL’s top-tier expertise. It will offer both standardized and tailor-made solutions that meet the apex of performance standards. Furthermore, it will grant developers the flexibility to mimic a variety of conditions, thereby deepening the understanding of how DAC technologies perform across diverse climates, spanning from summery to wintry conditions and from dry to humid atmospheres.

A technical review of the conference will be produced in the coming months, highlighting advances across the value chain of CCUS from the academia and the industry. 

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