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CCS completes successful commercial testing of CDRMax

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Revolutionizing carbon capture technology, we have successfully completed commercial testing of our proprietary CDRMax® carbon dioxide capture solvent technology at Solvay Vishnu Barium recently. The Commercial demonstration of CDRMax®, developed for treating industrial emissions, established breakthrough energy savings and robust performance in the industrial setting where the technology is being operated since August 2012. The 22MTPD (metric tons per day) plant, or 7700 tons per annum CO2 capture plant, , is owned by Solvay Chemicals and is located in India.

The CDRMax® solvent enabled capture of CO2 from a slipstream of flue gas for over 2500 hours, far more than the norm for industrial testing. “The Solvay plant testing has exhibited the robustness of CCS’s technology, which requires almost no modifications to the existing setup”, remarked Prateek Bumb, the Chief Technical Officer of CCS. The flue gas, which originates from a kiln source, contains impurities like high SOx content, NOx (upto 45ppm), particulate matter and high oxygen content. Compared to other technologies previously being used, the CDRMax® solvent required over 10 times less make-up solvent replenishment, consumed 7 times less water, and resulted in increased solvent life by 3 times, leading to savings of $23 per ton of CO2 captured. “The main advantages are lower specific energy consumption by about 30% compared to conventional technology and high O2 tolerance level” said Mr. Tirthankar Mitra, MD Solvay Vishnu Barium.

Tremendous research has gone into post-combustion carbon capture technology as it presents the most seamless and cost-effective way to reduce emissions from existing installations, especially given global governmental push towards stringent regulations. CCS has been at the forefront of technological innovation in chemical solvents for post combustion capture and has secured grants from the UK government and the World Bank (in conjunction with research partner ICT Mumbai). The CCS technology can be retro-fitted to existing installations, and has been independently evaluated by third parties such as TNO as among the best in the market currently.

“The commercial validation has supplied a wealth of data and proof that the technology can be easily scaled up 10-20 times to be fitted into 200-400 MTPD plants. The consistent capture of CO2 from the rapidly changing input gas showcases the technology’s utility in a variety of applications, ranging from industries which require CO2 as input for downstream processes, to power plants which want to reduce emissions and even in biogas up-gradation into natural gas”, said Chief Executive Officer, Aniruddha Sharma.

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BioCNG : Fuel of the Future

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How many times do you wake up to the news of petrol prices hiking? In today’s world with its rampant usage of non-renewable energy resources, this is a major concern for most individuals and organizations. Unfortunately, it doesn’t just stop at petrol and oil resources. Coal and gas are also rapidly running out. As the result effect of the usage of non-renewable resources on the environment is more than alarming, we as the human beings have to accelerate the deployment of more sustainable alternatives.

Although many such sustainable options have been discovered and put to use, the biggest challenge that mankind now faces is the affordability of these options on the whole. However clean a sustainable energy resource be, it must possess the ability of mass production at affordable rates. Only after mass production will an energy resource be considered an actual, viable source.

As of now, we have following options:

Hydro electricity: As the name suggests, this refers to the process of generating electricity from water. It requires water to be stored at a considerable height which usually entails construction of huge dams, resulting in huge costs and some adverse effect on local ecology. While water can effectively generate electricity, usage of water as fuel (for vehicles) still seems out of reach for mankind.

Wind energy: This is method by which a ‘farm’ of giant wind turbines is used to create electricity. While this option is characterized by widespread usage, the economics and nimby attitude (not in my backyard) have off late become major concerns.

Solar energy: This method harnesses the heat generated by the sun, to create energy. This has been proclaimed as one of the cleanest and most affordable means of generating energy. Solar energy is definitely the most accessible type of energy for the common man to switch to in these dire times. In spite of this, it is still more expensive than the usual methods of generating energy, usually due to lower efficiencies resulting in large solar farms. However, great breakthroughs have been made in the field of solar energy and the world eagerly awaits those to come.

While these energy sources seem to answer the present needs of the planet’s population, our dependence on oil based energy sources just refuses to budge. The amount of petrol, diesel and natural gas we use in our day to day life has made it an imperative part of our life. We take non-renewable energy resources for granted and use them with a lax hand. There is, however, one alternative that the world is holding its breath for- BioCNG.

Most of us are unaware of what exactly BioCNG is all about. BioCNG is nothing but Compressed Natural Gas created from biogas.

BioCNG has the abilities and the properties to run any vehicle or motor which can be run on CNG. Every application or motor which uses CNG today, can easily switch to using BioCNG without any hassle. The attributes of BioCNG and CNG are nearly the same in this respect. Thus, BioCNG is the direct and easy replacement of CNG and LPG appliances.

How does this process work?

BioCNG works on a very a simple 3 step process:

Source Biogas: BioCNG is created from Biogas, which in turn is generatedfrom organic waste matter. This waste matter can be sourced from anywhere- organic industries, farms or even your own home. The organic waste is then treated to create Biogas. It is a completely organic and green energy source, which completes the circle of recycling.

Create BioCNG: BioCNG is like a byproduct of the biogas. Biogas is treated using a particular process to clean-up gases like CO2 and H2S, which makes its exactly like Compressed Natural Gas. The process differs with the producer but the end result is still completely green and usable fuel.

Distribute BioCNG: As its properties are like those of Compressed Natural Gas, BioCNG can also be distributed using the same methods, or the existing infrastructure. Most effective of these would be the pipeline system, which directly carries it to industries or individuals. BioCNG can also be used to operate those motors or engines which run on CNG. This gives BioCNG a massive advantage as it feed into existing infrastructure and use

The three most palpable uses of BioCNG are:

Cooking: BioCNG can be used a replacement for cooking fuel.

Transportation: It can be used as replacement for the oil based, non-renewable fuels.

Generation of electricity: BioCNG can also be used as a replacement for natural gas for generating electricity.

The best part about BioCNG is that it is as green as it gets. Countries all over the world are looking for new ways to adapt this green technology and help it catch on. Governments are providing incentives and subsidies for manufacturers of BioCNG. BioCNG is the latest step forward towards a cleaner and better future not only for the country, but for the world as a whole.