Reduction of energy consumption in post-combustion carbon capture process via amine-functionalized metal-organic frameworks

Hyungseop Ahn, Ronghuan Xu, Seonggon Kim, Jae Won Lee, Yong Tae Kang

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In this study, CO2 capture performance of ethylenediamine-functionalized Mg-MOF-74 (EDMOF-74) suspended in 30 wt% monoethanolamine (MEA) aqueous solution is analyzed. A CO2 absorption experiment was performed in a bubble column reactor based on EDMOF-74 concentrations of 0.005, 0.01, 0.05, and 0.1 wt% for different ethylenediamine loadings. It shows that EDMOF-74/30 wt% MEA mixtures improve CO2 absorption performance by a maximum of 7.18 % as compared with the base fluid. Subsequent experiment based on large-volume feed gas reveals a less volatile CO2 absorption rate. By adding EDMOF-74 to the 30 wt% MEA aqueous solution in a cyclic CO2 absorption experiment to evaluate its industrial application, an increase in durability is indicated, which implies a reduction in energy consumption during CO2 regeneration. A feasibility study on the reduction of CO2 regeneration energy was investigated in terms of the results of cyclic experiment and the facility status of Boryeong power plant. The CO2 regeneration energy can be reduced by 13.64 %, which corresponds to a decrease of 484,233 MWht/year for 1 unit of the Boryeong power plant. The abovementioned approach is expected to compensate for the disadvantages of MEA in the industrial CO2 capture process, i.e., low CO2 capacity and high CO2 regeneration energy input.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109723
JournalJournal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jun

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (Grant number: 2022R1A2B5B03002421 and 2020R1A5A1018153 ).

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© 2023 Elsevier Ltd


  • Amine-functionalization
  • CO capture performance
  • Energy consumption reduction
  • Metal-organic framework
  • Post-combustion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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