Carbon Capture Storage and Utilization

You’ve probably noticed that the discussion around capturing CO2 has been heating up lately—but it’s not all talk—companies are actively constructing Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) projects in many parts of the world, and proposing many more. But just how feasible is this technology? Can it stand up against alternative, carbon-neutral technologies?
ESD Simulation has been working on these projects for many years, and is stepping in to dispel the confusion and put practical solutions first. ESD’s course on CCUS breaks it down into three stages:
Actually capturing the CO2:
It’s not just about absorption and adsorption removal methods! The approach matters—are we doing post combustion capture? Pre-combustion fuel conversion and capture? Are we burning oxygen instead of air? Or are we pulling it out of thin air?
Getting the CO2 where it needs to go:
Let’s say you’ve worked out how you’ll capture the CO2—then what? Captured CO2 needs to be dehydrated and compressed prior to transporting it off site, and each case (i.e. pipeline, ship, rail, or truck) all require a tailored approach.
The last piece of the puzzle:
Once that CO2 is at its final destination, it’s time to put it to use, and CO2 has plenty of end uses, from enhanced oil recovery to fertilizer production, beverage carbonation, refrigeration, and even next generation building materials and plastics. But that optionality comes with a price: how should you evaluate the life cycle net benefit of each possible route? And does the demand for CO2 balance out with the demand for CO2 capture?
ESD has been delivering both technical and non-technical courses for over 30 years and has trained thousands of people around the world. If you’re interested in the answers to any of the above questions, or you’re generally curious about what lies ahead, ESD’s course on CCUS will get you up to speed.