• Drax/Nottingham/Promethean Particles collaboration to examine metal-organic frameworks for CCS

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

A collaboration between nanomaterial maker Promethean Particles, the University of Nottingham and UK power utility Drax has been agreed that will aim to demonstrate the use of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for carbon capture and storage. Partially funded by UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre, the project is to utilise the very high surface areas of MOFs and their ability to selectively absorb carbon dioxide in an effort to capture CO2 without taking a high amount of power, a common drawback in amine-based scrubbing technologies. Most importantly, perhaps, is to demonstrate performance at reasonable cost, and Prometheus believes it can do this due to the continuous flow hydrothermal synthesis process it uses for MOF production. The University of Nottingham’s involvement will be to design the carbon capture system using the MOFs, while Drax will provide the operational setting and experience. Should the trial be successful, it may open a fruitful new pathway for CCS.