Modelling of equilibrium working capacity of PSA, TSA and TVSA processes for CO2 adsorption under direct air capture conditions

Jere Elfving (Corresponding Author), Cyril Bajamundi, Juho Kauppinen, Tuomo Sainio

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    In this study, direct air capture performance of polymeric adsorbent was studied by determining CO2-isotherms in very dilute conditions (CO2 partial pressure up to 5 mbar). The effect of cold conditions (0 °C and −10 °C) and humidity on the CO2 capacity was also studied. The experimental isotherms were used in temperature-dependent equilibrium modelling to simulate equilibrium CO2 working capacities in pressure-swing adsorption (PSA), temperature-swing adsorption (TSA) and temperature-vacuum swing adsorption (TVSA). Experimental adsorption capacities of 0.80 mmolCO2/gsorbent and 0.89 mmolCO2/gsorbent were obtained from 400 ppmv CO2 in dry cold conditions and at 25 °C in humid conditions, respectively. The highest experimental capacity gained from 400 ppmv CO2 was 1.06 mmolCO2/gsorbent in humid cold conditions. In terms of the working capacity, PSA was found not to be a viable process option. Humidity promoted TSA working capacity up to by 0.36 mmolCO2/gsorbent (78%). TSA could produce larger than 0.5 mmolCO2/gsorbent working capacity levels even with very low regeneration temperatures (50–60 °C) when adsorbing either in dry cold conditions or humid warm conditions. Such EWC levels with dry TVSA could only be achieved using 90 °C regeneration temperature with adsorption in either cold conditions or from compressed air. Based on these results, TVSA should only be considered in PtX applications requiring high-purity CO2.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)270-277
    JournalJournal of CO2 Utilization
    Early online date2017
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • CO2 capture
    • direct air capture
    • effect of humidity
    • equilibrium modelling
    • working capacity


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