A Belfast-based company is set to revolutionise the world of carbon capture following the development of a new modular system that can reduce capture costs to as low as £13 per tonne of CO2.
The Nuada system, which has been developed by MOF Technologies, represents a step-change for commercial carbon capture due its ability to cut associated energy costs – often seen as the biggest barrier to implementation at scale – by up to 80% when compared to other systems.
The ultra-efficient system is driven by mature vacuum pressure swing adsorption technology coupled with a MOF-based filter that has been specifically designed to capture and remove CO2 at source.
MOFs, or metal-organic frameworks, are highly engineered filters that use bespoke chemistry to target, capture and remove specific gases like CO2.
It is this selectivity combined with an ability to regenerate with minimal energy input that sets Nuada apart from established amine solvent-based systems, which can require up to 3.4GJ per tonne of CO2n removed.
Dr Conor Hamill, Co-CEO at MOF Technologies, comments: “The main draw for carbon capture is its feasibility in providing businesses in hard-to-abate sectors with a practical means to cut carbon while also maintaining a level of output needed for growth. The cripplingly high energy requirements of amine solvent treatment have proved to be a sizeable and, for many organisations, prohibitive barrier to the implementation of carbon capture technologies.
“However, thanks to a technical breakthrough along with greater awareness at board and policy level of the need to rapidly decarbonise, Nuada is set to help industry achieve these goals and will positively disrupt the carbon capture industry. Unlike traditional approaches, the modular system can be easily connected to a facility’s waste gas line without extensive redesign or installation work. The units can be scaled according to demand, giving businesses a non-invasive and far more cost-effective means of carbon capture.”
Following successful prototyping, MOF Technologies is currently building an in-field pilot plant.
Dr Hamill concludes: “The launch of the Nuada system is a game-changing moment for carbon capture. The energy savings make the cost of each project far more enticing for investors, while also allowing businesses to continue production without falling foul of emissions targets. While the exact route to net zero may still be up for debate, credible carbon capture systems will be central to any realistic plan.”
For more information, please visit: www.moftechnologies.com/nuada.