QUEBEC—A Quebec cleantech firm has announced plans to speed up its proposed joint carbon capture pilot facility in the United States after “breakthrough” preliminary results.
After announcing last month plans to develop a pilot demonstration in Colorado in the spring of 2015, Quebec City-based CO2 Solutions Inc., along with project partner Neumann Systems Group, Inc. (NSG), said it plans to move the timetable ahead on its carbon capture demonstration, instead launching it in October 2014.
The pilot facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., will capture approximately 10 tonnes per day of carbon dioxide emissions from industrial effluent gases using a combination of CO2 Solutions’ enzyme-based carbon capture solvent and NSG’s NeuStream high mass transfer gas-liquid contactor technology.
The decision to move the pilot demonstration launch forward by about six months comes after recent testing found the combined system captures carbon dioxide at an efficiency comparable to “the best” amine-based capture systems, according to CO2 Solutions.
“These results demonstrate how our two technologies complement each other and can deliver a truly low cost solution for (carbon dioxide) capture and regeneration systems,” NSG president Dave Neumann said in a statement. “Because of this, we have decided to accelerate our previously announced pilot project.”