Capture analytic equipment and laboratory

The purpose-built laboratory at The University of Melbourne hosts new analytic equipment for carbon capture research including novel solvent capture and compact membrane gas separation technologies. The new equipment supports six specific research projects targeting energy efficiency, cost reduction, technical optimisation and scale-up.

The new laboratory at Federation University, located at their Gippsland Campus, has been designed to address specific areas of research for emission intensive industries based in Latrobe Valley.

Key CCS Focus:

  • The cost of capture using alternative technologies such as encapsulated or precipitating solvents, membrane contactors and gas separation membranes.
  • The impact of gas impurities, particularly the SOx and NOx levels that are particularly high in Victorian flue gas streams.
  • The viability of delivering CO2 to microalgae using membrane technology as an alternative approach to CO2 utilisation.
  • Enabling, supporting and accelerating demonstration of environmentally benign post-combustion capture processes in the Latrobe Valley. The research program focuses on reducing system degradation in the CO2 capture space to drive down costs associated with sorbent consumption, plant corrosion and environmental emissions.