Honeywell and UT Austin team up to create Carbon Capture Technology

Honeywell and UT Austin team up to create Carbon Capture Technology

Honeywell, the North Carolina-based multinational, has recently announced details of a new partnership with the Texas Carbon Management Program Group (TxCMP) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). The collaboration between Honeywell and UT has a stated focus on advanced solvent technology designed to lower cost capture of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and heavy industry and thereby help carbon-intensive industrial plants lessen their greenhouse gas emissions.

 

One of the details to emerge from the collaboration is that, as part of the licensing arrangement, Gary Rochelle, professor at the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering and leader of TxCMP at UT Austin, will provide Honeywell with consulting services.

Honeywell believes that the collaboration will provide the group with UT Austin’s proprietary advanced solvent technology, with UT Austin’s TxCMP group having focused on carbon capture research for more than 20 years.

The TcCMP team created a second-generation amine scrubbing system, which is designed to help “hard to abate” industries, such as steel, cement, chemical, coal, natural gas, and power. In short, the team hopes that the technologies will create a new product targeted at industrial plants to lower emissions generated from combustion flue gasses in new or existing units.

The partners claim that the solution will also provide these sectors with an additional tool to help meet sustainability goals and regulatory requirements while the licensing agreement with Honeywell should enable the UT Austin team to commercially scale the technology and contribute substantially toward zero emissions efforts.

From a technical viewpoint, UT Austin’s patented solution is designed to work via an advanced solvent that can capture carbon dioxide at a lower cost and greater efficiency using smaller equipment.

Honeywel,l for their part, has released data which appears to show that—for a typical power plant with a 650 MW capacity—applying advanced solvent carbon-capture technology could enable the capture of about 3.4 million tons of CO2 annually.

To put this into context, this figure is roughly equivalent to removing 735,000 cars from the road each year, so the application of this technology could consequently create viable project economics today under current CO2 policy frameworks both in North America and Europe.

In addition, the partners believe that the point source CO2 removal technology can either be retrofitted within existing infrastructures and plants or included as part of a novel installation, thereby further increasing the opportunity to deliver significant emissions reductions.

 This latest partnership with UT Austin comes just months after Honeywell announced it would achieve carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035. Honeywell’s current CO2 solutions process expertise is reportedly capturing 15 million tons per year of CO2, which can then be used in storage/utilization applications. However, the company has claimed that it can potentially capture 40 million tons per year via its worldwide projects.

As the world turns its attention towards greenhouse gas emissions regulations, it is important for carbon-intensive industries to consider alternatives, such as carbon capture. To this end, Honeywell is convinced that the licensing arrangement with UT Austin will aid the group in its carbon capture efforts.