CO2 regeneration performance enhancement by nanoabsorbents for energy conversion application

Jung Hun Lee, Jae Won Lee, Yong Tae Kang

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Due to the recent increase in the consumption of energy and the use of fossil fuels, global warming has become a serious issue. To address this problem, CO2 gas, which is the major element of the greenhouse gases, should be captured, regenerated and converted to useful fuels. The Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) and cement process generate large amount of CO2, which are controlled through pre-combustion capture. However, this method has a disadvantage because the system temperature should be decreased to -20 °C or lower. Therefore, the development of new absorbent is required to reduce the energy consumed for refrigeration. There is a study that improved the CO2 absorption performance by adding Al2O3 nanoparticles to methanol. However, studies on the regeneration of CO2 in nanofluid absorbents (nanoabsorbents) are insufficient. Therefore, in this study, the CO2 regeneration performance in Al2O3 nanoabsorbents is evaluated. It is found that the regeneration performance of CO2 is improved by 16% by using nanoabsorbents compared to methanol. Furthermore, the CO2 regeneration characteristics of nanoabsorbents are analyzed by considering the detachment time of CO2 bubbles from the surface, the cross-sectional area of CO2 bubble, and the number of regeneration sites through the CO2 regeneration and bubble visualization experiments. It is concluded that the mechanism of surface effect is the most plausible to explain the CO2 regeneration performance enhancement by nanoabsorbents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)980-988
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 25

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Korea CCS R&D Center (KCRC) grant funded by the Korea government ( Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning ) (No. NRF-2014M1A8A1049304 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


  • AlO nanoparticles
  • CO regeneration
  • Enhancement mechanism
  • Nanoabsorbents
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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