Experimental studies on simultaneous removal of CO2 and SO2 in a polypropylene hollow fiber membrane contactor
2012 (English)In: Applied Energy, ISSN 0306-2619, E-ISSN 1872-9118, Vol. 97, 283-288 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Membrane gas absorption technology is a promising alternative to conventional technologies for the mitigation of acid gases. In this study, simultaneous removal of SO2 and CO2 from coal-fired flue gas was carried out in a polypropylene hollow fiber membrane contactor using aqueous monoethanolamine as the absorbent. The influences of liquid and gas flow rates on the simultaneous absorption performance of CO2 and SO2 were investigated. The experimental results indicated that the membrane contactor could eliminate these two sour gases simultaneously and effectively. Absorption of SO2 and CO2 was enhanced by the increase in liquid flow rate and decrease in gas flow rate. It was observed that a small amount of SO2 in the flue gas had a slight influence on the absorption of CO2. In addition, the membrane contactor was operated continuously for two weeks to evaluate its duration performance. The results showed that the CO2 mass transfer rate was decreased significantly with the operating time due to partial wetting of membrane pores. After 14 days of continuous operation, the CO2 mass transfer rate of the wetted membrane contactor was decreased by 41% but could be retrieved to 86% of the fresh one by increasing the gas phase pressure.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 97, 283-288 p.
Simultaneous absorption, CO2 capture, SO2 removal, Membrane contactor, Partial wetting
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-103133DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2012.01.034ISI: 000307196000033ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84862305631OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-103133DiVA: diva2:559355
3rd International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE), MAY 16-18, 2011, Perugia, Italy
QC 201210092012-10-092012-10-042012-10-09Bibliographically approved