Sargas, Norway Claims New Carbon Capture Technology
Tests of a new technology for capturing greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants have achieved 95% cuts in a step towards new ways to fight climate change, a Norwegian company has said.
Sargas Technology Group claimed a breakthrough following recent tests of a prototype at the Vartan power plant in Stockholm. Tests by Sargas’ five-metre high system of pressurised filters, absorbers and condensers at Vartan — processing 60 kilograms of exhaust gases an hour — are capturing 95% of carbon dioxide, the company claims.
The system relies on existing technology adapted from the chemicals industry. The company said that the capture process costs just under US$20 a tonne of carbon dioxide.
A limitation of Sargas’ technology is that the system works under pressure and only a handful of coal-fired power plants in Sweden, Japan and Germany so far use the so-called Pressurised Fluidised Bed Combustion technology.
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