There is a wide range of emerging CO2 capture technologies being proposed worldwide, involving new power generation schemes which can be successful for the oil and gas sectors, early pioneers in the development of CCS technologies. But few of these schemes can be realistically considered suitable for coal-based power generation.
This EU FP7 funded project focuses on the experimental pilot testing and scaling up of the process at scales in the 1 MW range. The 1,7 MW carbonate looping pilot has been built and integrated in the Hunosa 50 MWe CFB coal power plant of "La Pereda", using a side stream of flue gases of the commercial plant.
A parallel research program will be developed along the activities to design, built and test at the pilot, including research activities at lab-scale and fundamental knowledge on sorbent properties. Additionally and in order to bring forward the development of this technology, the project will continue with the scale-up process though a conceptual design of a pre-industrial plant of 20-30 MWt that will be made incorporating all the results obtained during the project.