Geological Sequestration Training and Research Program in Capture and Transport: Development of the Most Economical Separation Method for CO2 Capture
Project No.: DE-FE0001953
NETL has partnered with Tuskegee University (TU) to provide fundamental research and hands-on training and networking opportunities to undergraduate students at TU in the area of CO2 capture and transport with a focus on the development of the most economical separation methods for pre-combustion CO2 capture. The bulk of the cost of the capture and geologic storage of CO2 is determined by the CO2 capture step and subsequent added cost of electricity. It is, therefore, vital to find more economical methods for CO2 capture. Separation of CO2 from a mixture of gases can be accomplished through various membranes, adsorption, and physical and chemical absorption. TU is evaluating these separation methods and is developing mathematical models that can be used to identify the most economical procedures for CO2 separation.
The specific project objectives include:
- Adapting existing CCUS course material and teaching methods into a short course that introduces the suite of CCUS technologies and deployment issues to the university community. The short course is being conducted annually and covers all aspects of CCUS systems with an emphasis on pre-combustion CO2 capture with hydrogen production. The course addresses the critical issues of capture costs, energy requirements, and purity of CO2 streams.
- Establishing a CO2 capture laboratory to conduct data analysis and develop mathematical models for CO2 capture.
- Offering internships with industry leaders (e.g., Southern Company's National Carbon Capture Center) and research organizations active in the CO2 capture field.
- Establishing the Tuskegee CCUS Network for professors and students and linking it to other national CCUS university groups, industry, and research organizations. The network is contributing to the creation of a CCUS workforce and facilitating hands-on training opportunities and future research collaborations.