IEP – CO2 Compression
Novel Concepts for the Compression of Large Volumes of Carbon Dioxide
Project No.: FC26-05NT42650
The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) will design an efficient and cost-effective compression system to reduce the overall cost of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage for coal-based power plants. SwRI will develop two novel concepts that have the potential to reduce CO2 compression power requirements by 35 percent compared to conventional compressor designs. The first concept is a semi-isothermal compression process where the CO2 is continually cooled using an internal cooling jacket rather than using conventional interstage cooling. This concept can potentially reduce power requirements because less energy is required to boost the pressure of a cool gas. The second concept involves the use of refrigeration to liquefy the CO2 so that its pressure can be increased using a pump, rather than a compressor. The primary power requirements are the initial compression required to boost the CO2 to approximately 250 pounds per square inch absolute and the refrigeration power required to liquefy the gaseous CO2. Once the CO2 is liquefied, the pumping power to boost the pressure to pipeline supply pressure is minimal. Prototype testing of each concept will be conducted.