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The Battle of CO2 Capture Technologies

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Ram G. Narula, Harvey Wen

Bechtel Power Corporation, Frederick, MD

Paper No. GT2010-22921, pp. 593-599; 7 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Ceramics; Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Education; Electric Power; Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4396-3 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Coal is an abundant, widespread, cheap energy source and contributes to 39% of the world’s electric power generation. Coal releases large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2 ), which is believed to play a major role in global warming and climate change. To de-carbonize power generation, three distinct carbon capture technologies are in varying stages of development. These include pre-combustion carbon capture through the use of integrated coal gasification combined cycle (IGCC), post-combustion carbon capture from a pulverized-coal (PC)-fired power plant flue gas using monoethanolamine (MEA) or ammonia (NH3 ), and oxy-combustion technology. In the latter technology, oxygen is first separated from nitrogen in an air separator unit and used for combustion of coal in a conventional PC boiler. With oxy-combustion technology, the resulting flue gas is predominantly CO2 , which makes CO2 capture easier than in the PC-MEA case. This paper discusses the development status as well as the advantages, limitations, performance and economics of each technology in regard to the capture and non-capture cases.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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