Construction Work Progresses at Large-Scale Carbon Capture Demonstration Facility

Construction Work Progresses at Large-Scale Carbon Capture Demonstration Facility

Absorber tower arriving at Miike Port

On March 16th, Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) successfully installed the absorber tower at the carbon capture demonstration facility construction site along the Mikawa Power Plant, which is operated by Toshiba ESS’s subsidiary SIGMA POWER Ariake Corporation, in Omuta city, Fukuoka, Japan.

The tower, the largest structure in the carbon capture demonstration facility with a height of about 50 meters, arrived at the Miike Port, in Omuta city, and was carefully transported over a kilometer in distance to the site.

Installation in progress

The construction of this carbon capture facility is a major part of the “Demonstration of Sustainable CCS Technology Project”, which started in July 2016 under the sponsorship of Japan’s Ministry of the Environment (MOE) to promote clean energy generation. Construction work continues as originally scheduled since the start of actual site work in February 2018, and the facility is expected to start operation for demonstration in the summer of 2020.

As Mikawa is a biomass-fired power generation fueled with Palm Kernel Shell (PKS), it will be the world’s first*1 power plant to be applied with Bio-energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) capability of capturing more than 500 tons of CO2 a day, over 50% of Mikawa’s daily carbon dioxide emissions.

In parallel to deployment of renewable energy, carbon capture technology is expected to play a vital role in curbing global warming. Toshiba ESS is actively engaged in research, development and deployment of Post Combustion Capture (PCC) technology that is versatile in applying not only to CO2 emissions of newly built infrastructures, but also to existing CO2 emission sources.

Through this project in Mikawa, Toshiba ESS will further contribute to early realization and deployment of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS), a critical element in our collective effort to counter global warming.

the plant’s stripper tower

Toshiba ESS also completed installation of the plant’s stripper tower on March 20th.

[*1] As of March 29th, 2019 according to Toshiba ESS survey.