New milestone in CO2 sorbent development
STEPWISE reactor filled with sorbent
Veendam, December 15, 2017
STEPWISE is a project executed within the European H2020 LCE program. It has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 640769. The project aims at the demonstration of advanced pre-combustion CO2 removal technology within the framework of the Iron and Steel industry, aiming at lowering the CO2 footprint of steel production. The Sorption Enhanced Water Gas Shift (SEWGS) technology makes it possible to capture CO2 with 50% less energy and 25% lower costs.
The construction of the STEPWISE facility began in April 2016. The STEPWISE pilot was officially opened on September 5, 2017 . The reactor vessels used in the pilot are filled with a sorbent that is produced and supplied by Kisuma Chemicals. The sorbent is based on a special hydrotalcite-like precursor material that captures the CO2.
In November of this year our sorbent was shipped to Lulea in Northern Sweden to the facility of Swerea MEFOS where the pilot is located. Kisuma was present in week 50 when the reactor was filled with our sorbent for the first time.
In the next two years a number of campaigns will be launched to demonstrate the technology’s applicability in an industrial context. Other partners include ECN, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Johnson Matthey PLC., SSAB, Swerea MEFOS, Politecnico di Milano, Amec Foster Wheeler Italiana Srl and Tata Steel Consulting.
For more information, visit the official project website: www.stepwise.eu.