Novel Solid Sorbents for Post-Combustion CO2 Capture 
Project No.: DE-FE0007707

RTI International is developing and demonstrating an advanced, solid sorbent-based CO2 capture process, utilizing novel "Molecular Basket Sorbent" (MBS) materials that can substantially reduce the parasitic energy loads and associated capital and operating costs for CO2 capture from coal-fired power plants compared to conventional aqueous amine CO2 scrubbing. Specific objectives for the project are:

  • Optimization and production scale-up of advanced MBS materials in fluidizable form and development of associated fluidized-bed process technology
  • Collection of critical process engineering data using single stage testing equipment to allow for a detailed design of a bench scale CO2 capture prototype based on MBS material
  • Bench scale demonstration of effective and continuous CO2 capture from coal fired flue gas using an MBS-based process system

RTI will be part of a team that will transition Penn State University's current fixed-bed MBS material to fluidizable sorbents that can be readily scaled-up. The team will use new preparation procedures, alter current formulations to develop sorbents that use commercial precursor materials, and adapt acceptable manufacturing procedures to the new type of sorbent.

Molecular Basket Sorbent Schematic of PEI loaded in the pore structure of a high surface area support material.
Molecular Basket Sorbent 
Schematic of PEI loaded in the pore structure of a high surface area support material. 

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  • For further information on this project, contact the NETL Project Manager, Bruce Lani.
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