Environmental, health and safety assessment of phase-change solvents for post combustion CO2 capture
Licentiate thesis, 2020
The integration of the LCA and EHS impact criteria into the solvent design procedure leads to identification of a much wider set of optimal solvent structures compared to having only thermodynamic properties as objective functions in CAMD. The search enriched the Pareto fronts with the -OH group containing structures beneficial in terms of their lower impact. On one hand, such molecules are highly soluble in water, thus they might not be the best option from the phase-change perspective. On the other hand, there are OH-containing amines proven to exhibit liquid-liquid separation, which have so far received considerably less attention and might require further investigation.
The process level assessment showed that phase-change solvent systems have a potential to be a better alternative to the conventional amine solvent systems due to the reduced reboiler duty and possible lower impact on the environment. Less mobile solvents might be preferable with respect to human safety. With respect to long-term impacts, the process design of the capture systems with the phase-change solvents might promote accumulation of carcinogenic nitrosamines, thus their concentration should be monitored. The life cycle impact was mostly defined by the steam requirement for solvent regeneration and electricity demand for cooling media delivery. The use of renewable electricity and industrial waste heat can decrease the LCA impact of the phase-change capture plant by 70-90%. Then, the remaining impact will be dominated by the degradation behaviour of the solvent molecules, which emphasizes the benefit of the solvents displaying low degradation rates and highlights the importance of experimental studies addressing the degradation behaviour of the solvents.
Energy Technology 3
Sustainability assessment using local lazy learning: The case of post-combustion CO2 capture solvents
Computer Aided Chemical Engineering,; (2018)p. 823-828
An approach for simultaneous computer-aided molecular design with holistic sustainability assessment: Application to phase-change CO2 capture solvents
Computers and Chemical Engineering,; Vol. 135(2020)
Shavalieva, G., Kazepidis, P., Papadopoulos, A.I., Seferlis, P., Papadokonstantakis, S., 2020, Environmental, Health and Safety Assessment of Post-combustion CO2 Capture Processes with phase-change solvents
Shavalieva, G., Postacchini, P., Papadokonstantakis, S., 2020, Prediction of sustainability related properties: data science methods with incorporated prior knowledge
Systematic Design and Testing of Advanced Rotating Packed Bed Processes and Phase-Change Solvents for Intensified Post-Combustion CO2 Capture (ROLINCAP)
European Commission (Horizon 2020), 2016-08-01 -- 2019-12-31.
Areas of Advance
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Chalmers University of Technology
Opponent: Dr.Mathias Janssen, Department of Technology, Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden