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.

Resulting Publications

Y. Wu, M. Alivand, G. Hu, G. W Stevens, K. Mumford, Nucleation kinetics of glycine promoted concentrated potassium carbonate solvents for carbon dioxide absorption, Chemical Engineering Journal (2020) 381, 122712.

Scholes, C.A., Kentish, S.E., Qader, A. Membrane gas-solvent contactor pilot plant trials for post-combustion CO2 capture, Separation and Purification Technology 237 (2020) 116470.

Q. Zheng, G.J.O. Martin, S.E. Kentish, The effects of medium salinity on the delivery of carbon dioxide to microalgae from capture solvents using a polymeric membrane system, Journal of Applied Phycology 31(3): 1615-1622 (2019)

Ghayur, A., & Verheyen, T. V. (2018). Technical evaluation of post-combustion CO2 capture and hydrogen production industrial symbiosis. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 43(30),13852-13859

Ashleigh Cousins, Graeme Puxty, Pauline Pearson, Ralph Weiland, Bharti Garg, Vince Verheyen, Paul Feron, (2018) Simulation of an SO2 tolerant amine based post-combustion CO2 capture process, Chemical Engineering Transactions VOL. 69, 201869; 817-822.

Dhingra, S., Khakharia, P., Rieder, A., Cousins, A., Reynolds, A., Knudsen, J., Andersen, J., Irons, R., Mertens, J., Zahra, M.A., Van Os, P., Goetheer, E. (2017), Understanding and Modelling the Effect of Dissolved Metals on Solvent Degradation in Post Combustion CO2 Capture Based on Pilot Plant Experience, Energies, 10 (629).

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