Jupiter Oxygen Corporation (JOC), a privately held US company, has developed technologies for industrial energy efficiency and cost effective carbon capture from fossil fuel power plants. Jupiter Oxygen’s expertise is based on its continued research, development and everyday use of oxy-combustion.
Experiments on and the development of the patented oxy-combustion process began in the mid-1990s as a way to cut fuel costs and lower emissions at an aluminum recycling and manufacturing plant. Jupiter’s technology has been in use at the aluminum plant since 1997.
Based on cooperative research and development agreements [CRADA], as well as supported by federal grants, Jupiter Oxygen worked a decade with experts from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to develop cost effective carbon capture solutions, obtaining several patents on the joint technology development. The work’s focus had been on retrofitting existing coal fired boilers, achieving technology readiness for a demonstration project, allowing for the scale-up of the technology.
In May, 2011, Xinjiang Guanghui New Energy Co. Ltd, and Jupiter Oxygen Corporation, announced their Strategic Alliance Agreement to market Jupiter’s patented high flame temperature oxy-combustion technology, and the carbon capture system, in China.
Core competencies and Contribution to Clean Coal Working Group
Jupiter Oxygen’s expertise is the application of high flame temperature oxy-combustion process for cost effective carbon capture solutions. Oxygen is used to combust coal or other fuels with a process which creates a flame temperature far higher than air firing, but which can be safely used in conventional new build or retrofitted boilers.
The material and water/steam temperatures remain the same as air firing, but increased radiant heat transfer provides more efficient and therefore less costly energy, including a fuel savings.
JOC’s oxy-combustion technology combined with NETL’s Integrated Pollutant Removal system, enables the capture of 95 – 100% of CO2, and the elimination of key pollutants (NOx, SOx, PM, mercury). Key end product is salable and pipeline ready CO2. The technology had been implemented at Jupiter Oxygen’s 15 MWth boiler test facility and research center.
Furthermore, Jupiter and the NETL are pursuing work on a new high flame temperature oxy-combustion boiler design projected to significantly decrease capital costs while increasing steam output when compared to air fired boilers using the same amount of fuel.
Jupiter Oxygen can lead within the clean coal working group efforts on oxy-combustion based demonstration of cost effective carbon capture from coal-fired power plants.
The world of the 21 century needs sustainable business strategies that provide an increasing energy supply while supporting climate protection and social development goals. Transformational technologies, such as carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) will play a key role to manage these challenging tasks, as long as fossil fuels dominate the energy mix worldwide.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) strategies, including CO2 utilization, are representing low carbon technologies with a significant carbon mitigation potential.
Furthermore, CO2 utilization options within CCS projects can attract the industry early on to invest in cleaner fossil energy
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