IFP and ENEL Sign a Cooperation Agreement in the Field of Post-Combustion CO2 Capture

    RUEIL-MALMAISON, France, June 22 /CNW/ - IFP and ENEL have just signed a
memorandum of understanding to test the first-generation post-combustion
capture process, developed by IFP, on a pilot unit to be built by ENEL at the
coal-fired power station in Brindisi (Italy).
    As part of its R&D work on CO2 capture, IFP has developed a
first-generation flue gas scrubbing technology using chemical solvents.
Results obtained on the pilot unit in the context of the European Castor
project (Esbjerg/Denmark) had already demonstrated the feasibility,
reliability and efficiency of this solvent-based CO2 capture technology on an
industrial scale.
    On the basis of these initial results, IFP has continued its research
work to optimize the process and cut its operating costs. The improvements
made should generate savings in terms of the energy needed to regenerate the
solvent. The ammonia content of the flue gases should also be significantly
reduced, making it possible to comply with standards governing atmospheric
emissions. This cooperation with ENEL will enable IFP to test and demonstrate
these performance improvements.
    ENEL, Europe's second listed utility by installed capacity (approximately
83,3 GWe) has made the strategic decision to be directly involved in the
demonstration of Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage technologies (CCS), as a
way to guarantee the future use of coal for power generation in a
carbon-constrained world. Within this framework, the company has committed to
build a slip-stream pilot plant of 10.000 Nm3/h (2,25 ton/h of CO2), to be
installed at Brindisi power station. The pilot will be in operation by early
2010 to allow the validation of the process's basic principles and the
assessment of the scaling-up criteria, and will be used to compare a range of
CO2 capture technologies.
    IFP and ENEL worked together on optimizing the sizing of the unit in 2008
and the partners will now collaborate on monitoring tests and analyzing
results. In particular, IFP will contribute its expertise in the field of
process simulation and analytical monitoring.
    This agreement will enable ENEL to strengthen its foothold in the field
of CO2 capture and storage and, in particular, play an integral part in the
industrial roll-out plan recommended by the European ZEP (Zero emission fossil
fuel power plants) technology platform. ENEL in fact decided to develop a
full-scale demo plant, capable of treating 50% of the flue gases (1.5 Mt/y of
CO2) coming out from one of the new 660 MWe coal fired units to be built in
Porto Tolle power station.
    Following a preliminary assessment, the two partners may also consider
testing second-generation processes currently being developed by IFP.
    IFP and ENEL aim to use this cooperation agreement to contribute to the
implementation of a first-generation of capture processes which make it
possible, in the short term, to meet the needs of manufacturers seeking to cut
their CO2 emissions.

For further information:

For further information: Press contact: IFP, Anne-Laure de Marignan,
Tel.: +33-1-47-52-62-07, a-laure.de-marignan@ifp.fr; ENEL, Silvia Saddi, Tel.:
+39-3298373797, silvia.saddi@enel.it

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