ECO2 – BP and Powerspan Develop Ammonia CCS Technology

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A pilot testing project is expected to begin early 2008 at FirstEnergy Corporation’s R.E. Burger plant in Shadyside, Ohio, processing 20 tons of carbon dioxide a day from a 1 megawatt power generation. The carbon dioxide will be buried in an 8,000 foot test well at the site.
FirstEnergy is collaborating with the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration. It may be the first ever demonstration program for carbon capture and storage at a conventional coal fired power plant.

Powerspan developed the technology together with the US Department of Environment’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.The technology can work together with other Powerspan technologies to remove NOx, SO2, mercury and fine particulates.
Powerspan’s ECO2 technology is a promising solution for post combustion capture of CO2. This is an opportunity for BP to broaden the scope of low carbon power offering by including a CO2 capture technology that is compatible with new and existing coal fired power stations.

Powerspan’s ECO2 technology captures carbon dioxide post combustion into an ammonia stream.


2 Responses to “ECO2 – BP and Powerspan Develop Ammonia CCS Technology”

  1. Nicolle Harriot

    ECO2 as it is called by Powerspan can be applied to existing and new power plants.
    If it turns out to be cost effective, it can become an all pervasive solution to CO2 emissions by the coal fired power industry, all over the world. The 50,000 of them. And the new ones. It is believed that China is opening two 500mw coal fired plants every week.
    The Powerspan’s CO2 capture process could be applied at facilities where SO2 emissions are already being controlled by an existing scrubbing process.

    Because the innovation of ECO2 is in its process chemistry, not in new industrial equipment, the risk in scaling from the pilot scale to commercial scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects is manageable.
    Key advantages of ECO2 capture process as claimed by Powerspan are :
    • Suitability for existing and new pulverized coal-fired power plants
    • Reduced cost
    • Reduced energy requirements
    • Higher performance
    • No new waste streams
    • Avoids equipment corrosion problems
    • Regenerative process; does not consume ammonia
    • Generates pipeline quality CO2; no separate byproduct create
    Everything sounds fine.
    Cost of capturing is important. That can to a great extent determine the carbon tax.

  2. Nicolle Harriot

    Powerspan Corp. announced test results in end Dec 09 from a one-megawatt pilot unit demonstrating its post-combustion ECO2® carbon capture technology for coal-fired power plants.
    I think it is this test that the above article refers to.

    As per the results announced by Powerspan, in a real world operating environment, the pilot averaged greater than 90 percent carbon dioxide (CO2) capture from a slipstream of flue gas from the coal-fired power plant. The pilot performance data provides all of the information needed for Powerspan to confidently move to commercial scale demonstration systems. Commercial cost estimates based on pilot performance data are less than $50 per ton for CO2 capture and compression.
    Incidentally Sargas technology group claims to contain the cost of CCS to below $ 20 per ton of CO2.
    In early 2010, Powerspan plans to publish an independent review of pilot test results along with an independent assessment of commercial cost implications. This review will be conducted by a leading global provider of engineering services to the energy, resource, and chemical process industries. This is as per Powerspan. Everyones is waiting for the review.

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