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Koch Modular to launch Carbon Capture Demonstration Scale System at Calpine’s Energy Center in California

by | Jul 21, 2023

Process engineering design and modular construction business Koch Modular has announced the imminent launch of its Carbon Capture Demonstration Scale System – under the name Project Enterprise. The carbon capture technology is estimated to result in a carbon emissions reduction of at least 95%. The Carbon Capture Demonstration System will use a carbon capture solvent developed by ION Clean Energy in collaboration with Koch.

The Project Enterprise Carbon Capture Demonstration Scale System was recently installed at Calpine’s Los Medanos Energy Center in Pittsburg, California, USA. The solution is stated to address carbon emissions from natural gas combustion. Calpine’s power plant uses natural gas as its primary fuel source to generate electricity. Conventionally, flue gases produced during natural gas combustion – which contain carbon dioxide – are released directly into the atmosphere.

To assess the efficiency of CO2 capture using ION Clean Energy’s solvent, a portion of Calpine’s flue gas will be diverted to the new system to generate data for evaluation.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of solving the critical issue of carbon emissions,” said Tom Schafer, vice president of Koch Modular. “Project Enterprise represents Koch Modular’s commitment to developing innovative solutions for a sustainable future. Through our engineering expertise and collaborative efforts with ION Clean Energy, Sargent & Lundy, Calpine, and the Department of Energy, we aim to demonstrate the effectiveness and viability of carbon capture technologies.”

Project Enterprise features a three-step process, consisting of the hot flue gases being cooled to facilitate the absorption of carbon dioxide from the flue gas using ION’s ICE-31 solvent. The solvent is then regenerated in a distillation column, before the captured CO2 is stripped from the solvent and collected as a distilled product.

The project is jointly funded by the Department of Energy, ION Clean Energy and Calpine.

“Project Enterprise is an invaluable opportunity to confirm the transformative performance of ICE-31,” added Andrew Awtry, vice president of engineering, ION. “Our partners at Koch Modular and Calpine are fantastic, and the data we derive from this pilot will prove that our technology is as well. We’re excited about ION’s contributions to helping our clients achieve their low-carbon energy goals.”

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