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Coal Power Plant in Chennai Sells CO2 for Soda Ash Manufacturing
  UK, India

Thursday, October 20, 2016

UK / Mumbai CO2 separation technology company Carbon Clean Solutions Ltd (CCSL) has announced that its technology is being used in a 10 MW coal power station based near Chennai, India, where the CO2 is sold for use in manufacturing soda ash.

The soda ash manufacturing plant is operated by Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals & Fertilizers (TACFL).

Carbon Clean Solutions has played a central role in driving the project, and the financing has come from a mixture of loans and investment from the private sector.

Carbon Clean Solutions makes a special amine solvent which promises to massively reduce the cost of building and operating a carbon capture plant.

With the Chennai project, a CO2 separation unit is connected to the flue gas of the coal power plant. The CO2 is then sent to a neighbouring soda ash manufacturing plant, which uses the CO2 as a feedstock. Soda ash is used to make glass and detergents among other products.

The total cost of capturing the CO2 will work out at just $30 / tonne, Carbon Clean Solutions says.

Over the lifetime of the project, 60,000 tonnes of CO2 will be captured.

“This project is a game-changer," says Aniruddha Sharma, chief executive officer at CCSL. "By capturing and crucially, re-using, CO2 at just $30 per/tonne, we believe that there is an opportunity to dramatically accelerate uptake of CCU technology, with its many benefits, around the world."

"This is a project that doesn’t rely on government funding or subsidies – it just makes great business sense. We are delighted to be partnering with TACFL to make this project a reality.”

CCSL has already tested its solvent at Technology Centre Mongstad, in Norway. (Carbon Capture Journal)

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