Promoter Characteristic Study on the K2CO3 Absorbents for CO2 Capture: Mass Transfer According to Functional Group and Chain Length of Promoter

Jeong Ho Choi, Young Eun Kim, Sung Chan Nam, Sung Youl Park, Il Soo Chun, Yeo Il Yoon, Jung Hyun Lee

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The studies on the characteristics of absorbents are important to develop process and evaluate performance. Among the absorbent studies, the overall mass transfer coefficient was used as a key data for design packing type and absorber height to achieve cost effective process. In this study, the overall mass transfer rates of the K2CO3 based absorbents were measured by a wetted-wall column (WWC) apparatus. Experimental conditions of temperature and pressure were maintained at 313.15 K ∼ 333.15 K and 1.15 bar, respectively. The injected CO2 concentrations were 3 vol.% ∼ 12 vol.% (N2 balanced). As a result of experiment, the mass transfer rates increased following the order: MEA > K2CO3+CL-4 > K2CO3+CL-2 > K2CO3+CL-3 > K2CO3+CL-1 > K2CO3+FG-1 > K2CO3+FG-2 > K2CO3+FG-3 at 333.15 K. In case of promoters containing hydroxyl functional groups, the equilibrium partial pressure of CO2 increased and the slope of the flux decreased. The effect was greater than those of promoters containing increased chain length. The mass transport rate of K2CO3+CL-4 solution was similar to that of the commercial MEA solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)898-905
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2016 - Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 2016 Nov 142016 Nov 18


  • carbon dioxide
  • mass transfer
  • post combustion capture
  • potassium carbonate
  • wetted wall column

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)


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