Toshiba Complete Installation of World’s First Commercial-Use CCU System in Incineration Plant
Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) announced that it has completed the world’s first* commercial-use carbon capture and utilization (CCU) system constructed in a municipal waste incineration plant, in Saga Japan. The CCU system will start operation from August 26 and will capture 10-tons of carbon dioxide a day from the flue gas of the incinerator. Captured CO2 will be sold to businesses for use in crop cultivation and algae culture.
The CCU system is based on carbon capture technology by chemical absorption that Toshiba developed for thermal power plants. An alkaline aqueous amine solution introduced into the flue gas released during waste incineration absorbs its CO2. When this solution is heated, the CO2 is separated and captured with a high degree of purity.
Toshiba installed a small pilot and test CCU system in the Saga plant in October 2013, and has collected 8,000 hours of operational data for verification of high purity separation and capture of CO2 that can be provided to agriculture, the cost of the capture operation, and methods for utilizing the CO2. The test findings confirmed that CCU system’s separation and capture mechanism works with plant-specific flue gas impurities.
Takao Konishi, Vice President of the Thermal & Hydro Power Systems & Services Div. in Toshiba’s Energy Systems & Solutions Company said, “I am delighted that we have successfully completed this advanced, first-of-a-kind CCU plant. Toshiba provides the world with technologies and services for making, transmitting and storing clean energy, all essential for realizing a low-carbon economy.”
Based on experience gained with the new CCU system and the pilot plant, Toshiba’s Energy Systems & Solutions Company will continue to promote the expansion of high performance capture technology and its application to the global market, and aims to build a low-carbon system that integrates this technology into thermal power plants.
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