Despite a significant effort to develop new materials—sorbents—for carbon dioxide (CO2) storage, the research has typically not moved beyond the discovery phase to a lab or pilot study. Without the application of the sorbents in real-life industrial processes, it is impossible to understand how they may impact the performance of an operation. The CO2 Capture Sorbent Performance Evaluation, ongoing at Imperial College, will establish performance criteria and a screening methodology to evaluate existing or new sorbents for application by the oil sands industry.
The study will review existing sorbents used for CO2 capture to develop a methodology for oil sands operators to evaluate their use at their facilities.
The project aims to develop a mathematical tool to:
CO2 capture and storage will drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands operations.