Optimization of CO2 Capture Process with Aqueous Amine Using Response Surface Methodology

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Hall 1 (Salt Palace Convention Center)
Aroonsri Nuchitprasittichai and Selen Cremaschi, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Amine is one of candidate solvents that can be used for CO2 recovery from the flue gas by conventional chemical absorption/desorption process. The performance and the economics of this process depends on the choice of amine absorbent and its concentration, the number of stages in absorber and stripper columns, and the operating temperatures and pressures. In this work, we analyze the impact of different amine absorbents and their concentrations, and the absorber and stripper column heights on the cost of CO2 absorption/desorption plant for post-combustion CO2 removal. Monoethanolamine (MEA), diglycolamine (DGA), diethanolamine (DEA), methyl diethanolamine (MDEA), triethanolamine (TEA), and blended aqueous solutions of these amines have been considered in our analyses. For each absorbent, the optimum number of stages for the absorber and stripper columns, and the optimum absorbent concentration, , i.e., the ones that give the minimum cost for CO2 removed, is determined by response surface optimization. The target CO2 purity was set to 98% for all simulations. In this presentation, the results for each absorbent will be compared and discussed.

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