Operation of carbon capture unit meets expectations and confirms
near-readiness for commercial operation
QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 2, 2015 /CNW/ - CO2 Solutions Inc. (TSX-V: CST) (CO2 Solutions or the Corporation), the leader in the field of
enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology, today provided an update on
its demonstration project at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield ("Valleyfield"),
near Montreal, Québec.
Further to the Corporation's press release of July 13, 2015, the
demonstration unit at Valleyfield has now exceeded 1,000 hours of
operation since June 19, 2015, using the Corporation's proprietary
enzyme, 1T1. Preliminary results of the operation to date are
conclusive and fully in line with previously announced statements,
confirming the strong potential of CO2 Solutions' technology for the low-cost, environmentally friendly
capture of carbon dioxide from major emitters. Highlights of the
preliminary results to date are:
1,200 hours of operation using the Corporation's proprietary enzyme,
1T1, were clocked, with CO2 capture consistently at design capacity.
No enzyme catalytic performance degradation has been observed during
operation to date.
The unit's set-up has proven effective in a downstream setting from a
boiler, thereby mimicking conditions that CO2 Solutions would encounter in typical industrial settings, proving that
the capture operation does not destabilize the heat or power
Purity of the CO2 produced meets the most stringent industry requirements for sectors such
as food and beverage, with no or only minor additional processing or
A comprehensive test run using the Corporation's standard carbonate
solvent has been completed, which confirmed consistent performance at
the required levels for commercial operation; no solvent make-up was
Operation also confirmed the environmentally friendly aspects of the
Corporation's technology and the absence of harmful wastes.
The proven stability, robustness and consistency of the unit's operation
allowed the Corporation to change from round-the-clock operator
monitoring to day-time operator presence only with autonomous overnight
"We are very pleased with the results obtained to date from our
demonstration project," commented Dr. Louis Fradette, CO2 Solutions' Chief Technology Officer. "The project has confirmed
important operating parameters such as enzyme robustness, capture
kinetics, solvent stability and capacity. As this is a pilot unit, we
are using this opportunity to run a wide variety of tests on the unit
over and above those specified in the initial brief. For instance, by
widely varying input conditions, we have been stress-testing the
system. To date, the system has responded well to all of these tests,
validating the significant robustness of our technology. We will
continue to operate the unit at Valleyfield until the early Fall to the
planned 2,500 hours of operation, as we are looking at additional
innovative modifications to the current set-up to improve the already
impressive operational and cost characteristics of our technology."
Evan Price, President & CEO of CO2 Solutions, added, "The full results, once verified by an independent
third party, will allow us to complete work on detailed engineering and
costing models for commercial units at various scales. This is a very
important milestone in our development, as it signals the
near-completion of our pre-commercial scale up and de-risking
programme. The results to date have fully met our expectations, and we
are confident that the experience gathered in this demonstration will
facilitate and accelerate our efforts to transition to the commercial
launch of the technology."
About CO2 Solutions Inc.
CO2 Solutions is an innovator in the field of enzyme-enabled carbon capture
and has been actively working to develop and commercialize the
technology for stationary sources of carbon pollution. CO2 Solutions' technology lowers the cost barrier to Carbon Capture,
Sequestration and Utilization (CCSU), positioning it as a viable CO2 mitigation tool, as well as enabling industry to derive profitable new
products from these emissions. CO2 Solutions has built an extensive patent portfolio covering the use of
carbonic anhydrase, or analogues thereof, for the efficient
post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide with low‐energy aqueous
solvents. Further information can be found at www.co2solutions.com.
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