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Path to patent took patience, persistence
Getting a recipe right when workingat the scale size o a power plant takestime.Proessor K.J. Reddy and his teamat the University o Wyoming succeeded– cracking the problematic task o simul-taneously capturing and mineralizingue gas carbon dioxide billowing upsmokestacks and piquing the interest o the carbon capture sequestration crowd worldwide.Te process – patented by UW asSequesech – has been proven on thepilot project scale at the Jim BridgerPower Station in western Wyoming, andthe team is now working to take the sci-ence and engineering to the next level:ull-scale commercialization.Te pilot project’s shiny tubes carry ue gas down on the right side and y ash on the other rom the mass o theplant’s crisscrossing tubing. Both eventu-ally thrust into a reactor that looks likepart o the space program.Tat’s where the marriage o carbondioxide and y ash particles occurs pro-ducing an ospring o carbonates. Teteam conditions the ue gas by removingall moisture then adding and adjustingmoisture until the optimal level is ound.Te plant’s scrubbers have already re-moved virtually all particles rom the uegas. When the ue gas, now cooled to120 to 135 degrees, hits the y ash underthe right conditions, carbon dioxide, sul-phur dioxide and trace elements happily bond with the y ash particles, whichthen swirl in a cyclone and precipitateout as carbonates.
Profssor K.J. Rddyad his rsarch tamshav rcivd mrosawards.
“Te novelty o this is that it will di-rectly and simultaneously capture carbondioxide and mineralize it at the pointsource – the power plant,” said Reddy, inthe Department o Renewable Resources.Te carbonates are used as concreteadditives and as containment materials.Te carbonates and silicates act as a seal-ant, lining a site.Reddy rst conceived the idea inthe 1980s with work in his laboratory. In2006, Reddy and his team went to thepower plant or preliminary testing as aproo o concept – to see i the process would do what it was supposed to.“Can we do this at the plant? Di-rectly take slipstream ue gas carbon di-oxide and then react with the byproduct– y ash particles– and combine thesetwo in a reactor and see what happens?”Reddy related. “Does it directly mineral-ize ue gas carbon dioxide? Tat was thequestion we were asking. Te results wereencouraging.”Reddy enlisted the aid o ormergraduate students Viswatej Attili, Hollis Weber and Mikol Christensen. Toseinvolved now are research scientistBrandon Reynolds and post-doctoralresearcher Ajay Kumar, both in the re-newable resources department. Te teameven crosses disciplines with David “ex”aylor and om Foulke in the Depart-ment o Agricultural and Applied Eco-nomics and Morris Argyle, an adjunctproessor in chemical engineering. Noth-ing could have progressed without thecooperation and collaboration o powerplant personnel, including Bob Arambel,managing director o the Bridger plant.Te novel process has drawn world- wide interest, and Reddy has been in-vited to present the research and ndingsat climate change round table discussionsin Oxord University, England, and Ac-celerated Mineral Carbonation coner-ences in Finland and Italy.