Toshiba Receives Order from SEKISUI CHEMICAL to Install CO2Capture Test Facility for CCU― Captures High-Purity CO2 from Flue Gas at Biorefinery Verification Plant ―
Order received / delivery
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation
KAWASAKI, JAPAN―Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (hereafter “Toshiba ESS”) today announced that the company has received an order from SEKISUI CHEMICAL, Co. Ltd. (hereafter “SEKISUI CHEMICAL”) for a CO2 capture test facility for carbon capture and utilization (hereafter “CCU”), which will be used in a bioenergy recycling test plant (ethanol-conversion) that is under construction in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture. The facility will first be installed at a test site in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, in June 2021. After the commissioning, it will be delivered to its final destination in Kuji City and is scheduled to begin operation at the end of FY2021. This equipment will be able to capture up to 10 kg of CO2 from emissions per day from the test facility.
CO2 capture facilities capture CO2 from flue gas emitted by facilities, such as thermal power plants and waste incineration plants. Toshiba ESS uses chemical absorption-based post combustion capture technology that is versatile in its application to various flue gas streams and offers a wide CO2 capture capacity. The chemical solvent used in the process absorbs CO2 under low temperatures and releases it under high temperatures for carbon-capturing.
This order is received as part of a project by SEKISUI CHEMICAL and is part of the “Carbon Cycle Society Model Demonstration Project” by the Ministry of the Environment; the high-purity CO2 captured by the facility will be used to make syngas consisting of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. Using bio-catalysts, the syngas will be used to manufacture ethanol, a raw material for fossil fuel products.
Toshiba ESS received design work for a CO2 capture facility, which utilizes CO2 for resource recycling, from SEKISUI CHEMICAL in October 2019. Since then Toshiba ESS has been supporting the installation of CO2 capture test facilities.
The high pureness of captured CO2 expected based on our facility design, and technology and knowledge regarding CO2 capture plant installations for waste incineration plants resulted in our receiving the order from SEKISUI CHEMICAL.
“We are very grateful to have this opportunity to support CCU for SEKISUI CHEMICAL. Carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) is expected to play a vital role in the fight against global warming, and Toshiba ESS will continue to be engaged in the research, development and deployment of CO2 capture technology. By promoting CO2 capture technology around the world, we will create new values that support customer needs while contributing to the environment,” said Takao Konishi, Director and Senior Vice President of the Power Systems Div. at Toshiba ESS.
Toshiba ESS already has experience installing five CO2 capture plants, including for Asahi Group, and a waste incineration plant in Saga City, making this capture plant for SEKISUI CHEMICAL the sixth such installation.