Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has partnered with KEPCO to test a new CO2 capture pilot plant at the Himeji No.2 power plant in Hyoho, Japan.
The installation of the pilot plant at the Himeji No.2 power plant will replace the existing one that was installed at Nanko power station back in 1991.
The new plant will be designed to capture approximately five tonnes of CO2 per day from the flue gas produced by the gas turbine at the power station.
The pilot plant’s technology has been collaboratively developed with ExxonMobil, and its primary goal is to showcase the efficiency of MHI’s ‘next-generation’ CO2 capture technology.
Through this shared effort, the companies aim to accelerate the research and development work focused on reducing the environmental impact and costs associated with carbon capture.
MHI Group utilizes an advanced carbon capture technology that includes the KM CDR Process and the Advanced KM CDR Process, developed in collaboration with KEPCO.
This method captures CO2 from flue gas by utilizing chemical absorption with solvents such as KS-1 and KS-21. The company claims that its Advanced KM CDR Process and KS-21 absorbent were able to achieve a carbon capture rate of up to 99.8% during testing.
In addition to the innovative CO2 capture technology, MHI will also implement a remote monitoring system for the pilot plant.
This system, called ΣSynX (Sigma Syncs) Supervision, will allow for the remote monitoring of the plant’s operation status from MHI’s Yokohama Building and other sites. The cutting-edge technology will enable the automatic start and stop of operations by remote control, enhancing the efficiency and safety of the CO2 capture process.
This initiative aligns with MHI Group’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040 and its strategic efforts to decarbonize the energy demand and supply aspects of its business. Through this collaboration and the use of advanced technology, both MHI and KEPCO are aiming to contribute to the development of sustainable and environmentally friendly energy solutions.