Waste particles become valuable oxygen carriers

By collecting carbon dioxide in a focused manner when burning fossil fuels, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions substantially. To do so, oxygen carriers are required. These miniscule particles can be manufactured from waste streams. VITO delivers the necessary expertise.

Along with companies and research institutes all over the world, VITO manufactures oxygen carriers from waste streams rich in iron, manganese and calcium. These carriers ensure that fossil fuel doesn't come in direct contact with air during the combustion process and that pure carbon dioxide can be collected after condensing water. The entire procedure is known as chemical looping combustion (CLC). Through the European partner project SUCCESS, 15 partners are trying to refine this technique even further.
 

VITO's role

The CLC technique allows more sustainable energy generation and repurposes waste streams in a useful way. VITO spray dries the oxygen carriers. Moreover, it develops an industrial process to make oxygen carriers and other spherical particles of 100 micrometres in size fully homogenous. 

SUCCESS: facts and figures
  • Partner project between 15 European partners in 10 countries
  • Duration: September 2013 - February 2017
  • Budget: €9,930,000, of which the European Union is contributing €7,089,000.
  • Purpose: to boost the production of oxygen carriers up to a multitonne scale, which is the equivalent of energy capacity up to 10 megawatts.
     
Along with companies and research institutes all over the world, VITO manufactures oxygen carriers from waste streams rich in iron, manganese and calcium.