Thermodynamic modeling and energy analysis of a polyamine-based water-lean solvent for CO2 capture

Wonho Jung, Myungsuk Lee, Gyeong S. Hwang, Eunseok Kim, Kwang Soon Lee

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Amine-based water-lean solvents are considered to be promising energy-saving alternatives to existing aqueous amine solvents for CO2 capture. Herein, we propose water-lean solvents comprising 3,3′-iminobis(N,N-dimethylpropylamine) (60 wt%), water (10–18 wt%), and a non-amine chemical (balance), probe the solubility of CO2 therein, and perform the energy demand analysis using an Aspen Plus®-based simulator. For CO2 solubility modeling, the e-NRTL model and Redlich-Kwong state equation were incorporated with the equilibrium reaction model proposed by previous researchers, and the Henry's law constant of CO2 was estimated using molecular dynamics simulation as it is difficult to measure experimentally. Experimental data acquired using an equilibrium cell and 13C/1H NMR were used to regress the equilibrium reaction model. The minimum thermal energy demand under desorber pressures of 303 and 505 kPa was calculated to be as low as 1.99 and 1.95 GJ t-CO2−1, respectively, which supports the suitability of the developed WLSs for post-combustion CO2 capture.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125714
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020

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  • CO capture
  • Energy evaluation
  • Thermodynamic model
  • Water-lean solvent


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