Experimental demonstration of the Ca-Cu looping process

M. Martini, M. Druiff, M. van Sint Annaland, F. Gallucci

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Abstract

In this work an experimental proof-of-concept of the Ca-Cu process has been carried out. The Ca-Cu process combines sorption-enhanced steam reforming of methane with a Ca-based sorbent with chemical looping of a Cu-based oxygen carrier to provide the energy for the sorbent regeneration. Each process step has been studied separately for different operating pressures and inlet gas compositions, and addition complete cycles (including all three consecutive process steps, viz. the sorption-enhanced reforming step, oxidation step and regeneration step) have been performed to evaluate the technical feasibility of the complete process. The pressure influences the sorption-enhanced reforming step negatively, while the steam-to-carbon ratio does not influence the average outlet H2 (dry) fraction. When increasing the inlet O2 concentration during the oxidation step, the amount of CO2 released increases, whereas increasing the pressure decreases the amount of CO2 released. In the regeneration step, increasing the H2 fraction in the feed increases the amount of sorbent that is regenerated, reaching 70 wt% of the sorbent in the bed with 60 vol% H2 in the feed. More than 285 complete cycles were performed, the solids were still chemically performing well, and the results were still reproducible. Simulations with a pseudo-homogeneous reactor model were performed for all the separate steps. The model does not describe the experimental data well, which was attributed to problems with the packing of the bed at the bottom of the reactor (solids maldistribution), which was confirmed after opening the reactor after the experimental campaign. The problems with the packing of the bed was caused by problems with the chemical–mechanical stability of the oxygen carrier, which became a powder after the experiments due to the high mechanical stresses it was exposed to.

Original languageEnglish
Article number129505
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Volume418
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The presented work is funded within the ASCENT project as part of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 608512 . Note: “The present publication reflects only the authors’ views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein”.

Funding Information:
The presented work is funded within the ASCENT project as part of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n? 608512. Note: ?The present publication reflects only the authors? views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein?.

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Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Chemical Looping
  • CO capture
  • Hydrogen production
  • Proof of concept

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