Pilot Demonstration with the Energy & Environmental Research Center
In September 2014, CO2 Solutions joined Energy & Environmental Research Center’s (EERC) program Advancing CO2 Capture Technology: Partnership for CO2 Capture (PCO2C) Phase III as a sponsor. Supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, PCO2C is one of the world’s leading CO2 capture technology testing and benchmarking initiatives. The EERC, a high-tech, non-profit branch of the University of North Dakota (UND), is recognized as one of the world's leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies.
In December 2014 and January 2015, CO2 Solutions conducted an extended series of tests of its technology using EERC’s state-of-the-art carbon capture test system. At approximately the 1 tonne-CO2/day scale, the testing involved the use of CO2Solutions’ proprietary 1T1 carbonic anhydrase enzyme to efficiently capture CO2from both natural gas and coal combustion flue gases. The pilot unit was used again for another test in 2016.
A prelude to future demonstrations
Data from the EERC program provided valuable input for the larger field pilot demonstration with Husky Energy and also provided additional performance benchmarking of CO2 Solutions’ enzyme-accelerated process against other solvent-based processes.
Compilation and detailed analyses of the results and data from the PCO2C program were published in 2015. The testing at EERC also provided CO2 Solutions with access to its target market in the U.S., as certain results are available to the program consortia, which includes major energy companies and electric utilities.