• 0 Coal and gas fired power plants are the main contributors of CO2 emissions. CAPSOL technology offers a competitive solution for the efficient post-combustion CO2 capture. (Public Power Corporation, Agios Dimitrios Power Plant)…
  • 1 CAPSOL incorporates state-of-the-art thermodynamic property prediction and Computer Aided Molecular Design for advanced solvents and blends. (Source : Imperial College - London)…
  • 2 CAPSOL technology utilizes multi-level design and selection of validated solvent-process schemes with optimum economic and controllability features. (Papadopoulos A.I., and P. Seferlis, “A framework for solvent selection based on optimum separation process design and controllability properties”,Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 26, 177-182, 2009.)…
  • 3 CAPSOL aims at optimum design of absorption/desorption equipment and column internals through advanced modelling and experimentation (Kenig, E.Y. (2008), Chem. Eng. Res. Des. 86, Part A, 1059–1072)…
  • 4 CAPSOL aims at sustainable CO2 capture technology through the Environmental Performance Strategy Map (De Benedetto L., Klemeš J., 2009. J. Clean. Prod., 17(10), 900-906)…
  • 5 CAPSOL targets plant level (resources) integration of CO2 emitting and capture plants through total-site and plant-wide optimization analysis (Varbanov, P., Perry, S., Klemeš J.,Smith, R., (2005), Applied Thermal Engineering, 25, 985-1001)…

R&D activities

Work-Package 1: Design of solvents and blends for CO2 capture

  • To develop models that predict the thermodynamic properties and fluid phase behaviour of CO2-solvent mixtures using the SAFT-γ framework by using implicit-product models.
  • To test the implicit-product models for the prediction of simple and complex mixture properties in the context of group contribution methods.
  • To extend the SAFT-γ framework to model reaction products explicitly (as separate species) and to combine this with kinetic models.
  • To test the explicit-product models for the prediction of simple and complex mixture properties in the context of group contribution methods.
  • To develop an optimization-based CAMD tool for the design of CO2 solvents incorporating the group contribution methods.
  • To develop an optimization-based CAMD tool for the design of CO2 solvent blends.
  • To propose novel, efficient and sustainable solvents and blends for CO2 separation.


Work-Package 2: Design for optimum economic performance, controllability and sustainability of absorption/desorption process flowsheets

  • To develop generic CO2 absorption/desorption flowsheet models able to capture highly inclusive design decision options at early (conceptual) design stages.
  • To develop sustainability metrics for the evaluation of holistic solvent-process benefits and the assessment of safety, health and environmental hazards.
  • To select optimum CO2 solvent options and identify absorption/desorption process improvements at early (conceptual) design stages using economic, operating and sustainability criteria.
  • To systematically transform optimum solvent-process features into rigorously validated designs using detailed design models.
  • To develop efficient control strategies for the evaluation and identification of optimum solvent-process features in view of disturbances.


Work-Package 3: Simulation and optimum design of absorption/desorption equipment

  • To develop rate-based (RB), hydrodynamic analogy (HA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models of absorption/desorption equipment.
  • To develop an integrated modelling framework for the complementary application of the three modelling approaches.
  • To design “virtual prototypes” of innovative column internals for solvent-based CO2 separations


Work-Package 4: Plant-wide integration and industrial applications

  • To determine the reference plant types considered for the integration of optimum post-combustion capture processes.
  • To gather data from the industrial partners and develop plant models.
  • To identify targets for recovery of resources and propose optimum plant-wide modifications using systematic process integration approaches.
  • To investigate the implications from implementation of the proposed modifications in the considered plants.
  • To provide a focused strategy for process improvement minimising computational and experimental expenses as well as time to market
  • To provide a detailed techno-economic assessment of the proposed technological developments


Work-Package 5: Pilot plant testing

  • To manufacture innovative packings to be used/studied in UPB and at MONTZ
  • To carry out preliminary fluid dynamic experiments for packing characteristics estimation (MONTZ)
  • To carry out pilot plant experiments investigating the overall performance of the selected solvent/blends and packing/column design and operating alternatives in terms of energy requirements and validate design results (UPB)
  • To investigate issues such as solvent/blend degradation, stability, losses and corrosiveness as well as packing fouling.
  • To carry out experiments investigating the simultaneous CO2, SO2 and NO2 removal using specifically designed blends.


Work-Package 6: Dissemination and exploitation of results

  • To promote dissemination of results and investigate efficient ways for their exploitation
  • To ensure the effective integration and coordination of the technical work with other related projects and international initiatives
  • To identify significant results and develop plans for their exploitation


Work-Package 7: Project management

  • To co-ordinate and manage project resources effectively
  • To ensure the smooth execution of project tasks, plan an effective and target-oriented course of actions for the fulfilment of project objectives
  • To promote co-operation through scientific and technical material sharing among partners
  • To submit project progress reports and financial statements and ensure that all EC requirements are met;
  • To monitor the progress of the project tasks, the timely submission of deliverables, the achievement of milestones within the planned time frame and propose corrective actions if deviations occur;
  • To establish effective communications tools to facilitate contact among project partners