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European Journal of Chemistry 7 (2) (2016) 176‐181

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High temperature CO2 sorption using Ca(OH)2 in pilot scale packed column Halugondanahalli Sadashivaiah Preetham 1, Gattumane Motappa Madhu 2,*, Brijesh 2 and K Vasantha Kumar Pai 1 1 Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Industrial Chemistry, Kuvempu University, Jnana Sahyadri, Shankaraghatta, 577451, Shimoga, Karnataka,

India 2 Department of Chemical Engineering, M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, 560054, Karnataka, India

* Corresponding author at: Department of Chemical Engineering, M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, 560054, Karnataka, India. Tel.: +91.080.23606934. Fax: +91.080.23603124. E‐mail address: [email protected] (G.M. Madhu).


ABSTRACT dioxide is the major content of greenhouse gases, which is released by many Carbon industries such as paper, cement and steel industries etc. Removal or separation of CO from 2

DOI: 10.5155/eurjchem.7.2.176‐181.1391 Received: 31 December 2015 Received in revised form: 03 March 2016 Accepted: 05 March 2016 Published online: 30 June 2016 Printed: 30 June 2016

KEYWORDS CO2 CaCO3 Ca(OH)2 Sorption High temperature Packed bed column

the atmosphere is a challenging task for the researchers as it related to the human health and affects environment. Many methods and techniques have been tried for the removal of CO2, among them sorption method was found to be more simple and economical. Majority of research work related to CO2 sequestration was carried out using Thermo Gravimetric Analysis (TGA). In the present study an attempt was made to study high temperature CO2 sorption using self‐fabricated packed bed column in pilot scale. In this work the absorption column was designed to utilize the flue gas temperature for effective sorption of carbon dioxide using Calcium hydroxide [Ca(OH)2] as a sorbent. The Ca(OH)2 was made into cylindrical extrudates. The gas mixture containing nitrogen and carbon dioxide was heated and subjected to CO2 sorption using Ca(OH)2. The sorption process for various temperatures was studied at a constant flow rate and fixed bed height. Concentration of CO2 was measured using a flue gas analyzer (NDIR sensors). The temperature was found to be major factor affecting sorption process. The optimum temperature was found to be 300 °C. Increase in the temperature above 300 °C, resulted in sintering and weight loss of the sorbent. The conversion of Ca(OH)2 to CaCO3 is confirmed by FT‐IR, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X‐Ray Analysis(EDAX) and XRD.

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1. Introduction Global warming is a major concern in 21st century, which is resulted from the greenhouse gases released by various industries. Greenhouse gases mainly consists of CO2, which is a by‐product of many industries such as steam forming of hydrocarbons, paper, cement, steel industries. CO2 is considered as the major content of greenhouse gases [1,2]. Removal or separation of large quantity of CO2 released by industries is inevitable. Many methods are employed to separate CO2 from entering into atmosphere, but sorption method [3] was found to be more economical and simplest [4]. Zeolites, persovskites, hydrotalicites, soda lime, polymeric membranes, fcu‐MOF based rare‐earth metals and also metal oxides like lithium zirconates, lithium potassium zirconates, sodium metasilicates, etc., are used as a sorbents to capture or separate CO2 from the atmosphere [5‐8]. Usually the metal oxides used as adsorbents for the removal of CO2 from the flue gas and atmosphere, forms respective solid metal carbonates [9‐11]. Normally, physical and chemical decay of sorbent will takes place in any gasifier system, so it is better to replenish the sorbent after few runs or use of low cost sorbent is advisable [4].

CaO is considered as sorbent for CO2 removal because it is economic and abundant, which can be obtained from precursors like limestone, dolomite and calcium hydroxide by heating above its calcination temperature [4,12]. CO2 capture by solid CaO for industrial application is well known. DuMotay and Marechal used lime to enhance the gasification of carbon with steam [13]. Curran et al. showed CO2 acceptor process for the gasification of lignite coal to produce H2 rich gas [14]. The synthesis of calcium cyanamide was also carried out by using the reaction between CaO and CO2 [14]. Later, CaO was used to separate CO2 from coal‐combustion flue gas [14‐18]. More recently, CaO is used as a CO2 capture for zero‐emission coal technology and HyPr‐RING process [4,19] in novel coal gasification. The conversion of calcium hydroxide to calcium carbonate is faster compare to calcium oxide to calcium carbonate [20]. The efficiency of Ca‐based sorbents for CO2 sorption decreases with increase in number of cycles at atmospheric and pressurized conditions, because of sintering with carbonation‐ regeneration cycle at high temperature [21,22]. Matsuyama et al., have stated that the temperature should be below 200 °C during separation of CO2 [23].

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Figure 1. Schematic diagram of experimental setup.

But, this is impossible in case of thermal plants where CO2 capture or separation should take place at high temperature [24]. Majority of research work related to CO2 sequestration or capture was done by Thermo Gravimetric Analysis‐Differential Thermal analysis (TGA‐DTA) [4,25,26]. In the present work, an attempt was made to improve the sorption percentage of CO2 in a pilot scale [27] with less error and simple standardized procedure. In this study, the CO2 capture was studied in pilot scale, using Ca(OH)2 extrudates in packed bed column using self‐fabricated high temperature sorption system. The most probable reaction of Ca(OH)2 with CO2 is represented in Equation 1. The Equation (1) is reversed at a particular temperature, because the partial pressure of CO2 in the product gas is lower compared to the equilibrium partial pressure of CO2 [4]. (1) Ca(OH)2 + CO2 ⇋ CaCO3 + H2O In the present work, the effect of temperature on sorption in pilot scale was studied. The optimum temperature of the reaction was estimated and the break through curves at varied temperatures at sorbent bed height of 2.5 cm. The conversion of Ca(OH)2was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FT‐ IR), X‐ray Diffraction (XRD), Energy dispersive X‐ray analysis (EDAX) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis. The sintering temperature of Ca(OH)2 was also estimated. 2. Experimental 2.1. Materials Calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH)2, 96% GR) was procured from Merck chemicals. Calcium hydroxide powder is made into extrudates by using extrudator fabricated by by M/S Deepthi Engineering, Bangalore. 2.2. High temperature CO2 sorption system A pilot scale high temperature CO2 sorption experimental setup was designed, and the sketch of the sorption equipment is shown in Figure 1. The equipment was fabricated by M/S Deepthi Engineering, Bangalore. High temperature sorption system consists of gas cylinder, heating system, absorption

chamber and flue gas analyzer equipment. The gas cylinder was consisting of 85% N2 and 15% CO2, which is similar to that of flue gas/stack gas from the industries. The heating system was designed in such a way that the gas temperature and bed temperature was maintained constant during the study. The analyzer is made of NDIR (Non‐Dispersive Infra‐Red) and electrochemical sensors with filter and moisture absorption system to measure CO2 and traces of oxygen and hydrocarbons continuously from flue gas. Calcium hydroxide was used as sorbent which is made into extrudates using self‐designed manual extrudator. The extrudates are average of 12 mm length and 1.5 mm diameter. The extrudates were dried at 110 °C to remove the moisture before using in the packed column. The height of the sorbent packing was maintained 5 cm in a sorption column of 3.9 cm diameter. The mass of the sorbent for 5 cm packing was 28±5 g. The heating system was designed in such way that the temperature can be varied from 100 °C to 1000 °C using copper tubes with band heaters (2 kW). The calibrated rotameter was fixed at the entry to measure gas flow rate before entering the system. The outlet gas from the absorption chamber was cooled using a heat exchanger. The composition of inlet and outlet gas was measured using a flue gas analyzer. Prior to passing the gases to absorption and heating chamber, the heaters were switched on 40 min in advance to maintain the constant temperature. All the experiments were performed under steady state conditions. 2.3. Characterization methods Calcium hydroxide before and after sorption studies were characterized by using XRD, SEM, EDAX and FTIR. The crystallinity and morphology of sorbent was determined by using X‐ray diffraction (XRD) (Bruker D2 Phaser, USA) at 2θ, 5‐ 60 ° with a step size of 0.02 ° per 0.5 sec. Surface morphology and percentage purity of the sorbent before and after sorption was studied using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X‐Ray Analysis (EDAX) (FEI‐Netherlands‐ QUANTA200‐ESEM). The identification of functional groups of the sorbent before and after sorption was carried out using FTIR (Bruker, USA).


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3. Results and discussions 3.1. Sorption studies 3.1.1. Effect of temperature on sorption of CO2 using column studies for Ca(OH)2 The sorption experiment was carried out at different temperatures of 100, 150, 300, 500 and 600 °C. Gas flow rate of 30 mL/h was maintained constants. The CO2 concentration was measured at regular intervals before and after sorption. Inlet CO2 concentration is ‘C0’ and outlet concentration of CO2 is ‘C’. Sorption isotherms are obtained by the column studies. The ratio of outlet to inlet concentration (C/C0) is plotted against time for different thermal runs as shown in Figure 2. The small amount of CO2 escapes from the initial contact layer and then removed by the upper strata of the bed. The primary zone, move upwards from saturated adsorbent zone towards the region fresh adsorbent in the column. The flue gas enters into the absorption column first reacts with the surface of Ca(OH)2 sorbent and forms primary sorption zone. The sorption zone shifts slowly upwards as the flow of CO2 takes places continuously [28]. As the sorption zone moves upwards more and more CO2 tends to escape. The ratio C/C0 increases as the zone move upwards. The breakthrough curve exhibit a characteristic ‘S’ shape curve with varying degree of steepness. The increase in the temperature from 100 to 300 °C results in the increase in sorption. At 300 °C, the zone movement is very slow and the bed saturation time is very large. It can be concluded that there is a maximum conversion of Ca(OH)2 to CaCO3 at 300 °C. The increase in the temperature of the sorption zone above 350 °C, resulted in abrupt analyzer reading. At this temperature, the material undergoes sintering and results in weight loss and decrease in the bed height. At this temperature, the sintered material results in deposition of vaporized impurities in the solenoid valve and air filter of the analyzer [4,24,29]. The deposition of white substance i.e. sorbent material in the air filter blocks the flue gas moment which resulted in abrupt CO2 concentrations. The weight loss with increase in the temperature may be attributed to the reversibility of the reaction.

Figure 2. Plot of C/C0 versus time for CO2 sorption in Ca(OH)2.

Another reason may be due to the conversion of Ca(OH)2 to CaO and H2O which takes place at 512 °C where the partial pressure of water in Ca(OH)2 reaches 101 kPa and hence water vaporizes leaving out CaO. It must be noted that even with such weight loss there may be a conversion of CaO to CaCO3 [4,20]. The conversion of Ca(OH)2 to CaCO3 takes places at faster rate compared to CaO to CaCO3 [20].

Figure 3. Plot of sorbent weight percentage versus temperature for Ca(OH)2.

3.1.3. Effect of temperature on percentage conversion of Ca(OH)2 The change in weight of the sorbent before and after sorption experiment was noted. Conversion of calcium hydroxide to calcium carbonate in presence of CO2 at different temperatures was shown in Equation 1, which is a reversible reaction. The change in weight of sorbent was noted for experiments conducted at different temperature and percentage conversion was also calculated based on stoichio‐ metry. The percentage conversion of Ca(OH)2 was plotted against temperature as shown in Figure 4. The resultant graph or pattern was a bell shaped curve with maximum conversion shown at 300 °C. Weight loss observed at high temperatures because of the sorbent sintering. Below 300 °C, the conversion rate of Ca(OH)2 to CaCO3 is diffusion‐controlled, but above 300 °C, it was chemically controlled [20]. Above the 300 °C temperature, it cannot be concluded that there is no conversion of the sorbent. Nikulshina et al., [20] reported that there is a drastic change in the CO2 capture from Ca(OH)2 in Thermo Gravimetric curve (TGC) between 250 to 300 °C temperature, as the temperature increases the CO2 capture increases. In the present work, the conversion increases with increase in temperature till 300 °C. Above 300 °C, resulted in sintering of the sorbent, this may be due to the creation of hot zones in the packed bed. Whereas, in TGA studies, the solids are entirely covered by the gas, which results in good conversion even at high temperatures.

3.1.2. Effect of temperature on weight change of Ca(OH)2 The effect of temperature on sorbent weight has been studied to final conversion. The plot of weight percentage with temperatures resulted in bell shaped curve, as shown in Figure 3. Initially with increase in temperature, weight percentage of sorbent increases and attains maximum increase of 10.92% at 300 °C. On increase in temperature above 300 °C, the weight percentage of sorbent decreases resulting in weight loss of the sorbent. This may be attributed to sintering of the sorbent. Sintering results in the decrease of pore size, pore shape, grain growth and change in density due to molecular defects in the sorbent bed [30,31]. At high temperature, the reaction is reversible i.e. Ca(OH)2 and CO2 are formed from Ca2(CO)3.

Figure 4. Plot of percentage conversion of Ca(OH)2 versus temperature.

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3.2. Characterization 3.2.1. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis The surface morphology of Ca(OH)2 sorbents before and after CO2 sorption were characterized by SEM (magnification 10000×) as shown in Figure 5 and 6. In Figure 5, Ca(OH)2 shows uniform surface area. However in Figure 6, the surface of the sorbent is completely covered by lumps represents the reaction of CO2 with Ca(OH)2 to CaCO3. CO2 reacts with sorbent at a particular temperature results in the formation CaCO3. Figure 6, is the SEM image of CaCO3, the lump formation conforms the conversion of Ca(OH)2 into CaCO3.


angle of incidence 17.99 and 34.05 ° have more intensity and angle of incidence at 28.8 ° have less intensity, whereas in case of Figure 10, the intensity of the peaks are vice versa with some small shifting in peaks. In Figure 10, some additional peaks are obtained at 2θ of 34.19, 39.46, 43.16 and 48.55 ° which indicates the formation of rhombohedral CaCO3 and confirms the capture of CO2 by Ca(OH)2 sorbent.

Figure 7. EDAX pattern of Ca(OH)2.

Figure 5. SEM image of Ca(OH)2.

Figure 6. SEM image of CO2 sorbed Ca(OH)2.

3.2.2. Energy dispersive X‐ray analysis (EDAX) The purity of the sorbent before and after CO2 sorption was determined by EDAX analysis, as shown in Figure 7 and 8. From Figure 7, the peaks obtained between 3.5 to 4 KeV corresponds to calcium, the peak obtained near 0.5 KeV represents oxygen and the smaller peak in the region less than 0.4 KeV for carbon. The percentage purity of the sorbent containing Ca, O and C was found to be 62.62, 30.42 and 5.23, respectively. From Figure 8, the peaks obtained for Ca was less intense compare to Figure 7, but the peaks for O and C more intense. The purity of the sorbent after CO2 sorption was found to be 57.04, 30.88 and 9.02% for Ca, O and C, respectively, conforms the conversion of Ca(OH)2 into CaCO3 in presence of CO2. 3.2.3. X‐ray diffraction (XRD) studies XRD pattern of calcium hydroxide is shown in Figure 9. The calcium hydroxide sorbent was converted into calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in a certain rate with variable tempera‐ tures; the conversion is maximum at 300 °C. XRD pattern of the sorbent after sorption is shown in Figure 10, which exactly matches with the JCPDS data of CaCO3 (Powder Diffraction File. Card no: 85‐1108) [32]. In Figure 9, the peaks found at

Figure 9. XRD pattern of Ca(OH)2.

Figure 8. EDAX pattern of CO2 sorbed Ca(OH)2.

3.2.4. Fourier transform infrared (FT‐IR) studies Figures 11 and 12 represents FT‐IR spectrum of pure Ca(OH)2 and Ca(OH)2 after CO2 sorption, respectively. In FT‐IR spectra of pure Ca(OH)2, peak at 1419.51 cm‐1 indicates the presence of ‐OH functional group. These functional groups at


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the surface are the adsorbing sites of the metal oxides. FT‐IR spectra of adsorbed material show changes in terms of peak shifts. The extra peaks noticed at 2357 and 2513 cm‐1 indicates asymmetric stretching of CO2 molecules. The positive shift is observed in the peaks which may be due to interaction of CO2 with functional groups. Some more additional peaks were observed at 1400 and 1447 cm‐1, which may be also due to symmetric vibrational mode of bicarbonates. The peaks obtained at 715, 878 and 1430 cm‐1 confirm the formation carbonate and these attributes to the vibration of carbon‐ oxygen double bond in carbonate ion. These peak shifts may be due to strong interactions of CO2 in carbonates and bicarbonates with hydroxyl groups attached to the metal hydroxide. Larger peak shifts were observed in the adsorbed material than the spectra of pure material, this clearly indicates greater CO2 sorption [33].

percentage and percentage conversion decreases because of sintering. The sorption of CO2 by Ca(OH)2 was also confirmed by SEM, XRD and FT‐IR analysis.

Figure 10. XRD pattern of CO2 sorbed Ca(OH)2.


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Acknowledgement Authors acknowledge Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), New Delhi, for financial assistance (Reference No.: ERIP/ER/0905106/M/01/1211) and Depart‐ ment of Chemical Engineering, M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru & Department of Industrial Chemistry, Kuvempu University for providing laboratory facility to carry out research activities. References

Figure 11. FT‐IR spectrum of Ca(OH)2.

Figure 12. FT‐IR spectrum of CO2 sorbed Ca(OH)2.

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