Upscaling and Evaluation of Absorption Based Systems for Co-removal of NOx and SOx from Flue Gases
Licentiate thesis, 2020
This thesis covers three studies that are focused on the concept of co-removal of NOx and SOx in a wet scrubber unit, whereby the NO is oxidized to NO2 by the introduction of an oxidizing agent, ClO2, into the flue gas stream before the scrubber. The oxidation of NO to NO2 by ClO2 has been tested for a wide variety of flue gas compositions and temperatures, applying a total of three intermediate scales: 0.2 Nm3/h with synthetic flue gases, 100 Nm3/h with flue gases from a propane flame, and a ~400 Nm3/h slip stream from a waste-fired power plant. An efficient NO to NO2 oxidation was observed at all scales with complete conversion at a ClO2/NO ratio of ~0.5. No interaction between ClO2 and SO2 was observed.
In terms of the absorption process, a number of liquid compositions has been tested at each scale, showing that the concentrations of SO2 and NO2 in the flue gas can both be reduced to a few ppm. However, the rate of NO2 removal is strongly dependent upon the presence of S(IV) in the absorbing liquid. The derived model gives good agreement with the experimental outcomes for the 100 Nm3/h and 400 Nm3/h setups, without any extensive parameter fitting. The most important discrepancy noted in relation to the understanding of the associated chemistries is the rate of S(IV) oxidation in the scrubber tower. The work of this thesis represents the first validation of the concept and methodology of scale-up of the co-removal process, and paves the way for commercialization.
Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology
Technical-Scale Evaluation of Scrubber-Based, Co-Removal of NOx and SOx Species from Flue Gases via Gas-Phase Oxidation
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research,; Vol. 58(2019)p. 21904-21912
Gas-Phase Chemistry of the NO-SO2-ClO2 System Applied to Flue Gas Cleaning
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research,; Vol. 57(2018)p. 14347-14354
Johansson, J., Heijnesson Hultén, A., Normann, F., Andersson, K. Simultaneous removal of NOx and SOx from flue gases using ClO2 – process scaling and modeling simulations
Negative CO2 emissions in the Nordic energy systems
Nordic Energy Research (NER), 2015-11-01 -- 2019-12-31.
Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KITECH), 2017-01-01 -- 2019-12-31.
Chemical Process Engineering
Chalmers Power Central
Chalmers University of Technology
HB3, Hörsalsvägen 10, Chalmers.
Opponent: Prof. Sven Andersson, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Babcock and Wilcox Völund AB, Sweden