Carbon capture is underway at NTPC’s 500-MW, coal-fired power plant (Unit-13) at Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station, in Madhya Pradesh, India. The NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance (NETRA) selected Carbon Clean and Green Power International Pvt. Ltd to set up the carbon capture plant at NTPC Vindhyachal. This plant is designed to capture 20 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per day, which will use a modified tertiary amine to capture CO2 from the flue gas of the power plant. The CO2 will eventually be combined with hydrogen to produce 10 mt/d methanol through a catalytic hydrogenation process.
“We are thrilled to see our technology begin to capture carbon from NTPC’s plant and look forward to seeing how the CO2 to methanol project develops in the future. This project demonstrates how carbon capture supports industrial decarbonization, as well as providing opportunities for companies to join the growing circular carbon economy,” Carbon Clean Chair and CEO Aniruddha Sharma said.
The capture of CO2 from the flue gas of coal-fired power plants, and its conversion to methanol, is a priority area for NTPC and is expected to create potential new business opportunities and revenue streams for the company.
“It is a great honor and achievement to successfully demonstrate the carbon capture project at NTPC’s Vindhyachal plant,” Green Power International Director Surbhi Puri said. “It is a matter of great pride for us to work with Carbon Clean on this project that will help deliver a greener and cleaner future. Decarbonization through carbon capture is the future. With this small contribution towards the net zero economies, we hope to inspire the industry to make further strides in this decarbonization drive.”
Carbon Clean’s CDRMax carbon capture technology can be used with point source gases that contain CO2 concentrations between 3% and 25% by volume and produces CO2 with purities greater than 99%, which can then be sold, re-used, or sequestered. The CDRMax process uses the company’s proprietary solvent, process equipment design, and advanced heat integration to significantly reduce both capital and operating costs.