Pilot absorption experiments with carbonic anhydrase enhanced MDEA

Publication: Research - peer-reviewConference article – Annual report year: 2016


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Mass transfer experiments were carried out on DTU’s pilot absorber unit, a 10 m high column packed with 250 Y Mellapak structured packing. The influence of temperature, solvent loading, column height and liquid flow rates on absorption performance were determined for a 30 wt% N-methyl-diethanolamine (MDEA) solvent, with and without the enzyme carbonic anhydrase (CA). The absorption experiments were performed at atmospheric pressure and agas phase carbon dioxide mole fraction of 0.13. During experiments liquid samples were withdrawn at each meter of column height and the solvent loading was determined by both a density method and the BaCl2 method. After the solvent was loaded to equilibrium it was heated up and reintroduced into the column, where CO2 was stripped off using air as stripping gas. The addition of CA increased the mass transfer significantly in all experiments. Lower absorption temperatures resulted in higher mass transfer in absorption, when 28 and 40 ºC inlet temperature were chosen. The absorption performance decreased with lower solvent flow. The enzyme was also capable of enhancing the desorption process, where higher desorption rates were measured at 45 and 50 ºC with CA enhanced solventcompared to 55 ºC without CA.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Procedia
Number of pages9
StateE-pub ahead of print - 2017
Event13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-13) - Lausanne, Switzerland


Conference13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-13)
LocationEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


  • Pilot plant, CCS, Carbonic anhydrase, Absorption, Desorption
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