Regenerative Carbonate Cycle (RCC) is a promising cost-effective CO2 capture technology. The technology is based on the ability of calcium oxide to bind to CO2 in the fluegas in an exothermic reaction.
Calcium carbonate is formed, which can subsequently be regenerated to calcium oxide. These reactions occur in separate reactors and the solid sorbent is transported between them in a continual process. Energy required comes from fossil fuel combustion in a pure oxygen atmosphere. In this way CO2 can be relatively easily removed from the flue gas with pure CO2.
This project intends to develop the next generation of RCC which will eliminate the need for energy from fossil fuel combustion in an oxygen rich atmosphere. During the pre-study phase a technical and economic assessment for the pilot for next generation RCC technology will be made. Various sorbents will also be assessed for use in the pilot phase.