19 June 2012 – Siemens and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, have successfully concluded their first carbon capture and storage (CCS) research collaboration project.
The R&D projects are focused on the improvement and adaptation of the proprietary Siemens post-combustion technology to the requirements of the local markets, i.e. CO2 capture at gas fired power stations and utilisation of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The start of the first project on ‘Evaluation of CO2 Purification Requirements and Evaluation of Processes for Impurities Removal from the CO2 Product Stream’ took place in May 2011. The project evaluated the CO2 purification requirements for the CO2 pipeline transportation, enhanced oil recovery and CO2 geological storage. Furthermore it assessed the CO2 streams specifications and impurities combined with the selection and evaluation of the processes for CO2 stream purification.
The collaboration between Masdar Institute and Siemens continues with a second project that started in December 2011 which is focused on the evaluation of CO2 capture process waste reuse and recycling in UAE. The Siemens Post Combustion technology offers a substantial advantage, in the form of a sellable sulphur product will be separated with the new solvent reclaimer technology.
“Siemens has developed a new post-combustion carbon capture technology based on amino acid salt formulations. This technology is environmentally very friendly and has the lowest investment and operation costs,” Nicolas Vortmeyer, head of new technologies in the Siemens energy fossil division, says. “The collaboration with Masdar Institute is very important for Siemens and the research projects will support the adaptation of the Siemens post combustion technology to the requirements of the local market, i.e. retrofit of gas fired power stations and utilisation of the CO2 for enhanced oil recovery.”
The research and development aspect of the partnership with the Masdar Institute is one of Siemens’s largest global investments of its kind with a science and technology organisation. It comprises R&D programs for smart grid, smart buildings, and carbon capture and storage and includes grants, scholarships and educational programs for the advancement of the knowledge economy in the UAE.
The Siemens post combustion technology from the flue gas of power plants is part of Siemens’ environmental portfolio. In fiscal 2011, revenue from the portfolio totalled about €30 billion, making Siemens one of the world’s largest suppliers of eco-friendly technologies. In the same period, the company’s products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their CO2 emissions by nearly 320 million tonnes, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.