Today, the skidded rotating packed bed (RPB) absorber, designed and manufactured by PROSPIN and PROCELER, arrived at Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM). This is an important milestone for ACCSESS and Innovation 1.
The RPB will be used in connection with Hafslund Oslo Celsio’s CO₂ capture pilot rig and Saipem’s CO₂ Solutions enzymatic solvent to test improved CO₂ capture. Tests will first be conducted using the rig’s conventional configuration, and then the RPB absorber.
The rig is housed at TCM’s new “Site for Emerging Technologies”, which opened in 2021. The site was created with the intention of raising the technology readiness level (TRL) of lower-TRL technologies, as the technology can be optimised and issues troubleshooted in conditions that mimic real industrial implementation.
After these tests, the test rig and the RPB will be used for a six-month test run at Stora Enso’s kraft pulp mill in Skutskär, Sweden, and then at Heidelberg Materials’ cement kiln in Górażdże, Poland.