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CO2 Capture: What Is It and How Would I Do It?

This webinar provides a brief overview of the emerging field of CO2 capture from stationary industrial sources - primarily combustion operations. CO2 capture is part of the so-called “CCUS” chain – CO2 Capture, Utilization and Storage – where the basic concept is to prevent the release of CO2 to the atmosphere by de-carbonizing fossil fuels prior to use or by separating CO2 from effluents and recycling it for utilization, or “permanently” storing CO2 in subsurface formations. CCUS is viewed as a key component of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions reduction by IEA, as part of a long-term migration to sustainable energy systems.   

The main technical approaches used for CO2 capture will be reviewed, along applicability. Some approaches are suitable to retrofits. A specific example of CO2 capture on an industrial source – a steam methane reformer – is described. Finally, several operating commercial-scale CO2 capture projects are examined.

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Webinar Objectives

  1. Have a general appreciation of the Greenhouse effect

  2. Understand the scale of GHG emissions in general and CO2 emissions in particular

  3. Be familiar with major sources of CO2

  4. Describe the basics of the three main technical approaches to CO2 capture from stationary sources – Post-combustion, Pre-combustion, and Oxyfiring

  5. Gain an understanding that the best approach for CO2 capture varies with the emissions source and the site

  6. Know that commercial scale CO2 capture projects are operating

What Will Attendees Learn?

  1. The scale of CO2 emissions is huge and deployment of extensive mitigation is comparable to the existing energy delivery infrastructure.

  2. CO2 capture technologies are mostly extensions of natural gas processing and other industrial gas separation approaches.

  3. The processes for CO2 capture storage have been deployed at commercial scale.

  4. All large projects to date have been government subsidized, mandated, and/or motivated by penalty avoidance.

Who Should Attend?

The webinar provides a broad introduction to CO2 Capture, and is suitable for interested parties, such as environmental staff, facilities engineers, and gas processing engineers, including entry-level (1-2 year) engineers, or anyone interested in a general overview of this approach to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) mitigation.



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