ACCSESS presented at RPB Colloquium 2022

On 30 June and 1 July, ACCSESS partner PROSPIN participated in the second interdisciplinary colloquium on rotating packed beds (RPBs) at Technical University (TU) Dortmund in Germany.

The colloquium was organised by Dr. Jörg Koop and Prof. Andrzej Górak, who is also the founder of PROSPIN. The event was a networking and knowledge-sharing opportunity for members of the RPB community, with 35 attendees from 11 countries representing a mix of RPB providers, appliers and developers as well as academia.

While initially planned as an annual event, the COVID-19 pandemic meant that the previous colloquium was three years ago. However, participants are hopeful that the next meeting can take place as planned in a year’s time.

As part of his presentation at the event, PROSPIN R&D Manager Jerzy Pela described the company’s contribution to the ACCSESS project.

RPB technology has developed rapidly since its conception in the early 1980s, and the increased uptake of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) technology has been a significant catalyst for its upscaling and application. In ACCSESS, PROSPIN’s RPB absorber will be tested together with the enzymatic solvent CO2 Solutions by Saipem, with the goal of further increasing the speed of CO2 capture from industrial facilities.

Slide from Jerzy Pela’s presentation: RPB design by PROSPIN, Current work and path forward

In doing so, the aim is to develop the RPB absorber from its current status of being validated/demonstrated in a relevant environment (Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5/6) to being demonstrated in an operational environment (TRL 7) or even completed and qualified as a system (TRL8).

At the time of writing, the finishing touches are being put to Hafslund Oslo Celsio’s mobile CO2 capture rig for initial testing with CO2 Solutions by Saipem. Both the rig and the RPB absorber are scheduled to arrive at Technology Centre Monstad (TCM) in November 2022, where the second test campaign will take place.

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