Innovative Adsorbents and Membranes Tested for High CO2 Content NG Separation at CO2CRC’s Otway International Test Centre

12 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2021

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Abdul Qader

SLQ Australia Pty Ltd

Paul A. Webley

The University of Melbourne, School of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering

Penny Xiao

University of Melbourne - Department of Chemical Engineering

Vicky Chen

UNSW

Hongyu Li

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology

Greg Qiao

CO2CRC Ltd

Paul Gurr

The University of Melbourne

Jai Kant Pandit

CO2CRC Ltd

SawHong Lim

CO2CRC Ltd

Date Written: April 7, 2021

Abstract

The CO2CRC, in collaboration with The University of Melbourne (UoM) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), tested two novel CO2 capture technologies aimed for both on-shore and off-shore natural gas applications. The tests involved materials testing in a state-of-the-art experimental capture rig at CO2CRC’s Otway International Test Centre followed by simulation and techno-economic activities for scaled up facilities. The goal was to develop robust and compact technology for high pressure natural gas separation over a range of adjusted high CO2 concentrations mimicking various gas field conditions. The tests were conducted for adsorbents and membranes in a high-pressure rig incorporating both pressure swing adsorption (PSA) and membrane technologies. It was found that adsorption, a second-generation technology with a low footprint is very suitable for natural gas separation with higher separation efficiency, contrary to the general perception. The stable separation performance of the thin film composite hollow fibre membranes was particularly encouraging among all membranes tested.

This paper will discuss novel adsorbent and membrane development and their quantitative performance in the test campaigns followed by suggested next steps in the TRL towards commercial application. It is anticipated further research and testing at higher Technology Readiness Level (TRL) levels 5/6 would be necessary to make them commercial ready. These technologies, if successful, would facilitate developing new gas fields to recover methane in a cost-effective manner which is currently uneconomical with conventional technologies.

Keywords: CO2 capture, Natural gas separation, Adsorption, PSA, Membrane

JEL Classification: O3

Suggested Citation

Qader, Abdul and Webley, Paul A. and Xiao, Penny and Chen, Vicky and Li, Hongyu and Qiao, Greg and Gurr, Paul and Pandit, Jai Kant and Lim, SawHong, Innovative Adsorbents and Membranes Tested for High CO2 Content NG Separation at CO2CRC’s Otway International Test Centre (April 7, 2021). Proceedings of the 15th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference 15-18 March 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3821408 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3821408

Abdul Qader (Contact Author)

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Paul A. Webley

The University of Melbourne, School of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering ( email )

Parkville, 2010
Australia

Penny Xiao

University of Melbourne - Department of Chemical Engineering

Parkville, 2010
Australia

Vicky Chen

UNSW ( email )

NSW
Australia

Hongyu Li

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology

Australia

Greg Qiao

CO2CRC Ltd

11 – 15 Argyle Place South
Carlton
Australia

Paul Gurr

The University of Melbourne ( email )

Parkville, 3010
Australia

Jai Kant Pandit

CO2CRC Ltd ( email )

11 – 15 Argyle Place South
Carlton
Australia

SawHong Lim

CO2CRC Ltd ( email )

11 – 15 Argyle Place South
Carlton
Australia

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