Post-combustion CO2 capture with a commercial activated carbon: Comparison of different regeneration strategies

M. G. Plaza, Susana Garcia, F. Rubiera, J. J. Pis, C. Pevida

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Abstract

A commercial activated carbon supplied by Norit, R2030CO(2), was evaluated as CO2 adsorbent under conditions relevant to post-combustion CO2 capture (ambient pressure and diluted CO2). It has been demonstrated that this carbon possesses sufficient CO2/N-2 selectivity in order to efficiently separate a binary mixture composed of 17% CO2 in N-2. Moreover, this carbon was easily completely regenerated and it did not show capacity decay after 10 consecutive cycles. Three different regeneration strategies were compared in a single-bed adsorption unit: temperature swing adsorption (TSA), vacuum swing adsorption (VSA) and a combination of them, vacuum and temperature swing adsorption (VISA). Through a simple two step TSA cycle, CO2 was concentrated from 17 to 43 vol%. For the single-bed cycle configurations, the productivity and CO2 recovery followed the sequence: TSA <VSA <VTSA. Values of productivity up to 1.9 mol kg(-1) h(-1) and a maximum CO2 recovery of 97% were reached. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Volume163
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2010

Keywords

  • CO2 capture
  • Adsorption cycles
  • Activated carbon
  • PRESSURE-SWING ADSORPTION
  • FLUE-GAS
  • ZEOLITE 13X
  • PSA PROCESS
  • POWER-CONSUMPTION
  • SOLID SORBENTS
  • RECOVERY
  • DIOXIDE
  • TECHNOLOGY
  • NITROGEN

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