CO2 Solutions, Neumann move up CO2 pilot project testing

Emissions control companies CO2 Solutions (TSX-V: CST) and Neumann Systems Group (NSG) said July 14 that they have made technical progress towards establishing a commercial ultra-low cost CO2 capture and reuse solution.

As announced on June 14, the companies signed a collaboration agreement to demonstrate a combination of their two proprietary technologies at pilot scale for the capture of CO2 from industrial effluent gases. Initial testing has demonstrated the compatibility and synergy resulting from the use of CO2 Solutions’ enzyme-based technology with NSG`s NeuStream compact and highly efficient absorber and stripper systems, the companies said.

In more recent tests, the enzyme-based solvent operating in the NeuStream system achieved CO2 capture efficiency comparable to some of the better amines. This kinetic performance when combined with the energy-efficient properties of the enzyme-based process, is expected to deliver substantially lower operating costs relative to the best amine-based CO2 capture systems. The enzyme-based solvent is also more environmentally sustainable compared to conventional amines by eliminating carcinogenic aerosols and other amine related pollutants. Also, through significantly reduced equipment sizing, the NeuStream system provides low capital costs and a much smaller system footprint.

CO2 Solutions and NSG have decided to accelerate preparations for the previously announced operation of a pilot facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to capture approximately 10 tonnes of CO2 per day. The pilot, originally expected to take place in April 2015, will now commence in October 2014.

Dave Neumann, President and CEO of NSG, stated: “These results demonstrate how our two technologies complement each other and can deliver a truly low cost solution for CO2 capture and regeneration systems. Because of this, we have decided to accelerate our previously announced pilot project.”

Evan Price, President & CEO of CO2 Solutions, added: “We see a number of very significant business opportunities for CO2 capture and regeneration, such as Enhanced Oil Recovery, that we intend to pursue jointly with NSG once the pilot demonstration of the combined solution has been successfully concluded. Advancing the pilot start date by six months brings us even closer to providing our technology to these promising markets.”

CO2 Solutions says it is an innovator in the field of enzyme-enabled carbon capture and has been actively working to develop and commercialize the technology for stationary sources of carbon pollution. CO2 Solutions has built an extensive patent portfolio covering the use of carbonic anhydrase, or analogues thereof, for the efficient post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide with low‐energy aqueous solvents.

Neumann Systems Group designs and builds emissions control systems for power plants and other industrial applications. NSG’s principal product line, NeuStream, is a suite of emissions control systems that removes harmful pollutants from emissions sources like coal-fired power plants and industrial sources that contribute to ozone, acid rain, respiratory diseases and climate change. The NeuStream systems are based on an advanced gas-liquid contacting device invented, developed and manufactured by NSG.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.