More Efficient Carbon Dioxide Recovery: Carbon Clean
Carbon capture technology has existed in some form or another since the '70s, but we believe it's never seen its full potential - far from it. For the most part, large oil companies have been the leading users of carbon capture, mostly for enhanced hydrocarbon recovery (injecting CO2 into underground wells to remove every last possible drop of oil), but its cost has prevented smaller companies from embracing this eco-friendly technology.
Not anymore. Carbon Clean wants to tap into the immense potential of carbon capture technology, and we've already begun doing so. In partnership with Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals and Fertilisers, we built a plant in Tuticorin in southern India that captures carbon dioxide from its coal-fired boiler, uses it as feedstock (raw material), and converts it into soda ash.
"So what," you ask? Well, that commercial-scale plant is set to capture 60,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually - so cheaply that it will do so without any government subsidies. Now, instead of wasting carbon dioxide that burning coal produced, the plant is capturing it and saving the money on buying any more carbon dioxide. As a plus, the CO2 supply is also more reliable than before.
Carbon Clean is committed to making the reuse, recovery, and removal of carbon dioxide more efficient than ever. We're committed to doing things differently.
The New Three R's: Reuse, Recovery, Removal (of CO2)
In years past, high costs have discouraged businesses from embracing CO2 recovery, but we hope our revolutionary technology - a carbon-isolating chemical we call CDR-Max - cuts the price down to never-before-seen levels.
The existing carbon capture and sequestration technology usually costs somewhere in the range of $60 to $90 per ton (though some have estimated costs to be much higher). Our technology, in comparison, can capture CO2 at $30 per metric ton, and we foresee that cost dropping even lower. Our goal is to bring that cost down to $15 per ton, a 400 percent cost reduction.
"This is a project that doesn't rely on government funding or subsidies — it just makes great business sense"
- Aniruddha Sharma, chief executive officer at Carbon Clean
Typically, the carbon capture process begins with treating the combustion exhaust gases and removing the small amounts of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Then the remaining mixture, containing mostly nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water, is passed through a chemical called monoethanolamine (MEA). This chemical and additional amines react with only CO2, and the rest of the gases are released into the atmosphere. The CO2 can then be used as a raw material.
The problem is that the process is expensive. The materials are expensive: MEA is corrosive, and the reactor used to handle it has to be built from high-quality steel. Then there’s the energy cost to re-heat and recover the CO2.
Our technology directly addresses and solves that problem. Our chemical is less corrosive and requires less energy to release captured CO2. This helps decrease the cost of carbon capture and monetize carbon dioxide that would otherwise go to waste.
Until now, it's been too expensive for smaller businesses to capture or recover CO2 from its gas emissions, as it appears in a relatively low concentration. Our technology changes that, and the best part is that it will not require government subsidy, which cannot be said for existing carbon recovery technologies.
Carbon Separation and Purification: Carbon Clean
Carbon Clean is dedicated to not only providing the benefits of carbon reuse, recovery, and removal to businesses while pioneering technology to do so at a lower cost than others in the market. If you think your business could benefit from carbon separation and purification, contact Carbon Clean.
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