Norway: Green Solutions Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering to Test Carbon Capture Technology
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering has signed an agreement with the Technology Centre Mongstad to test its proprietary solvent which is expected to capture CO2 at the amine facility situated in Mongstad, Norway.
Tokyo/Japan – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering (Mhieng), part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has entered into an agreement with Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) to test its proprietary solvent for capturing CO2 at the amine plant located in Mongstad, Norway. The test campaign will start in May.
The proprietary solvent to be tested is the KS-21, an amine-based adsorbent used in the ‘Advanced KM CDR Process’ newly developed by Mhieng in collaboration with Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kepco). Its long-term usage will be demonstrated in Norway, one of the world’s most advanced countries with respect to environmental regulations on CO2 capture, in a quest to achieve commercialization within 2021. Compared to the earlier KS-1 solvent, which has been adopted at 13 commercial plants and delivered by Mhieng, KS-21 has a number of advantageous properties such as lower volatility and greater stability against degradation. The newer solvent is also expected to enable reduced running costs and other economic benefits.
At a time when CO2 capture needs are expanding in the United Kingdom and Europe, the test program at TCM, which has state-of-the-art facilities and specialized knowledge, will confirm KS-21’s long-term durability and assess its environmental impact, thus providing Mhieng with technological data relating to its significantly higher CO2 capture rate. The test program will enable Mhieng to set a timetable for KS-21’s commercialization, thus helping the company to expand orders in the UK and European markets.
Since its establishment in 2012, TCM, equipped with the world’s largest-scale CO2 capture testing facilities, has provided users with profound knowledge, online analysis, and advanced analytical technologies relating to the trace components of gas emissions. Its data accumulated through testing exceed 1,000 categories and contribute significantly to commercialization of absorbents.
On reaching the new agreement with TCM, Kenji Terasawa, Mhieng President & CEO commented: “MHI Group today is strengthening its efforts in the energy transition field, to help realize a carbon neutral world on a global scale. For many years, Mhieng has strived to minimize CO2 emissions from gas emissions, utilizing its cutting-edge technologies. Today we possess reliable and economically feasible carbon capture technologies which are supported by more than three decades of research and development activity and a robust track record of commercial plants around the world. TCM’s abundant knowledge and experience in environmental impact assessment, and its state-of-the-art testing environment, will raise the level of our CO2 capture technologies further, enabling us to accelerate business expansion in the vital UK and European markets. We expect the new testing program will contribute to realizing carbon neutrality in the years ahead.”
Ernst Petter Axelsen, CEO at TCM, also welcomed the new collaboration. “It’s very satisfying that a leading capture technology developer like Mhieng has chosen TCM as the arena for their carbon capture tests. Our staff is ready to ensure effective execution of the tests, and to provide expert advice throughout the campaign.”