GE has combined a 3D printed heat exchanger technology with innovative sorbent materials to create a new system for extracting CO2 from the air.
Developed in conjunction with scientists from UC Berkeley and University of South Alabama, the GE research team believes their technology could pave the way for future large-scale, economically viable CO2 capture in power generation.
“We’re combining GE’s extensive knowledge in materials, thermal management and 3D printing technologies with UC Berkeley’s world-class expertise in sorbent materials development, and South Alabama’s sorption modeling and testing, to design a novel system for removing carbon dioxide from the air,” says GE Research’s principal investigator David Moore.
“Through this project, we’re aiming to demonstrate the feasibility of a system that could become a future large-scale, economical solution for widespread decarbonization of the energy sector.”
GE will bring to the table decades of technical and domain experience in materials innovation, process engineering and commercialization, heat exchanger and other thermal technology design and development for its power turbine and jet engine platforms, and rich expertise in 3D printing, or additive manufacturing technologies.
The team from UC Berkeley – led by renowned chemistry professor Omar Yaghi – has been at the forefront of developing metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that also double up as sorbent materials in this case.
Teaming with GE on applying these materials in carbon dioxide capture is therefore a timely and most fortunate collaboration to address one of the most pressing problems facing our planet, says Yaghi.
While UC Berkeley will focus on the development and application of sorbent materials in the system, the South Alabama team led by professor Grant Glover, will help inform the selection of the right materials for the system.
“Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) provide an exciting opportunity to design materials to separate gases,” intones Glover.
“With the opportunity to pair these insights with the GE team that has expertise in manufacturing and product development, the possibilities of what we can bring to CO2 capture are quite exciting.”
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