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Changing the role of carbon in industry

The world’s industrial production needs to become carbon-neutral, fast. Avoidance, balancing, and capture are the three main carbon-reduction tactics. But not all three approaches are viable for all industrial producers. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) provides a proven and practical way of reducing emissions for large industrial plants. MAN technology plays a key part in CCUS. 


How does CCUS work?

Industrial plants emit large amounts of CO2 in flue gases. This CO2 can be captured after combustion using methods such as amine treatment, cryogenic capture or pressure swing adsorption.

In some processes, the CO2 can be removed before combustion. The purified CO2 can then be transported to facilities that utilize CO2 as feedstock (to make synthetic fuels, beverages, dry ice, and most chemicals). It can also be stored permanently in geologically secure reservoirs. 

The benefits of CCUS

First and foremost, CCUS reduces your carbon emissions, so you save on carbon emission taxes, and the CO2 you produce can become a commodity. Ultimately, CCUS integrates your plant in a new energy infrastructure centered on CO2 utilization and renewable hydrogen. CCUS connects your industrial plant with other industries and sectors including transport, utilities, municipalities, and renewable energy sources.

32
Gt
CO2 emissions in 2020
2035
World’s CO2 budget for a 1.5 °C temperature increase runs out
8000
Gt
Identified CO2 storage space

Compression technology for carbon capture

MAN plays a key role in carbon capture: We provide the compression technology necessary for the various CO2 gas streams within the capture process (amine, cryo, PSA, membrane), thereby integrating compression duties for CO2 liquefaction or delivery to pipeline for transportation.

Furthermore, we provide extended process components and turbo solutions such as closed water-cooling loops and process solutions with heat and power recovery. 

The CCUS landscape requires compression to distribute carbon dioxide to users either as a high-pressure gas in a pipeline or as a liquid in isolated low-temperature pressure vessels. Our compression solutions provide the flexibility to deliver a flow at multiple pressures, accept process-side streams, use compression heat in a process or expand gas for liquefaction services.

Our integrally geared compressor has suction flow rates of up to 500,000 m3/h and a maximum discharge pressure of up to 250 bar. With its improved impeller design, optimized pinion speeds, and tailored aerodynamics, it guarantees the highest level of efficiency. 

The MAN RG compressor can contain up to ten impeller stages. This enables a very compact design, compression of a wide range of gases, and a high pressure ratio. Our complete package option consists of a compressor core unit, driver, process gas coolers, lube oil system, process piping, and auxiliaries. This ensures the shortest possible on-site installation times.

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Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub and Offshore Storage (PORTHOS)

MAN Energy Solutions is providing the compression technology expertise necessary for a CCUS project in the Netherlands. PORTHOS plans to store some 2.5 million tons of CO2 per year under the North Sea. The CO2 will be captured by various companies in the Rotterdam port area. Three MAN RG compressor trains pressurize the CO2 to 132 bar in order to transport and inject the gas more than 3,000 m under the sea.
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