Recent Technologies in Capture of CO2

Minimizing Energy Consumption in CO2 Capture Processes Through Process Integration

Author(s): Alma Esthela Torres-López, Martín Picón-Núñez and Rosa-Hilda Chavez

Pp: 69-94 (26)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608059249114010006

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This chapter reviews the thermal integration for minimum external energy consumption of CO2 capture process using amines. Post combustion capture of CO2 through the use of amines is a well established technique; the stand alone process is highly energy-intensive since the recovery of the amine solution is achieved through the use of a separation process where heating and cooling are required. Energy integration of the hot flue gas coming from a power station plant from where CO2 is absorbed can serve the purpose of providing the heating and cooling needs of the process. Heat recovery through steam raising is considered for heating, cooling and for the production of power for the operation of pumps and compressors. The results show that the needs of the largest energy user of the process can be fully met by heat integration.

Keywords: Minimum energy consumption, CO2 capture, process integration, numerical simulation.

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