Journal article

Membrane gas-solvent contactor trials of CO2 absorption from syngas

Colin A Scholes, Michael Simioni, Abdul Qader, Geoff W Stevens, Sandra E Kentish

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL | ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA | Published : 2012

Abstract

Membrane gas-solvent contactors incorporate the advantages of both solvent absorption and membrane gas separation technologies. Here, gas-solvent contactors are applied to the separation of carbon dioxide from syngas in a coal fired pilot plant. Two contactors, based on polypropylene (PP) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), are trialed with two solvents, 30wt.% monoethanolamine (MEA) and 30wt.% potassium carbonate (K 2CO 3) solutions. To validate performance, results were also obtained with a mixture of 10% CO 2 in N 2 in the laboratory. All contactor-solvent systems tested in the laboratory behaved in accordance with membrane contactor models with only minor pore wetting observed. Mass tran..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank HRL for access to equipment, as well as the contributions of Joannelle Bacus, Wen Tao, George Chen and Gang Li. Funding for this project is provided by the CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO<INF>2</INF>CRC) through the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre program and facilities from the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre of the University of Melbourne.