Hitachi carbon capture test facility construction begins

Nov 24 2013


Hitachi's Carbon Capture Test Facility (CCTF) at SaskPower's Shand power station is expected to be operational by the end of 2014.

The goal of the demonstration project is to determine the necessary properties required to scale up to a large, commercial-size facility, and demonstration tests will be conducted to comprehensively evaluate the facility's overall reliability and economic feasibility.

SaskPower's experience in integrating CCS into commercial projects combined with Hitachi's expertise in Carbon Capture Technology will enable the parties to comprehensively test and evaluate the technology's overall reliability, economic feasibility, and the necessary properties required to scale up to a large, commercial-size facility, said Hitachi.

The CCTF will have capabilities to capture 120 tons of CO2 per day from the flue gas emitted from SaskPower's Shand Power Station (298MW) located near the city of Estevan, Saskatchewan, using a chemical scrubbing method with an amine based absorbent. Hitachi will produce and supply its CO2 capture solvent (H3-1) and the main equipment for the facility. Hitachi Group companies Babcock-Hitachi K.K. and Hitachi Power Systems Canada, Ltd. from the Province of Saskatchewan will be in charge of production and supply.

Through this demonstration project with SaskPower, Hitachi will focus on achieving commercial operations, reducing costs, realizing innovative technologies and will contribute to the realization of a low-carbon society.

Hitachi began researching and developing technology to capture CO2 in the 1990s. Since then, the company has conducted demonstration projects using its own research equipment and it is using pilot facilities in Japan and overseas.

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