Energy Efficient Carbon Capture and Storage

Energy Efficient Carbon Capture and Storage

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This talk focuses on gas-fired power stations combined with CCS.

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Facilitated by Dr Tavis Potts, Interim Director, Centre for Energy Transition


The UK’s Committee for Climate Change and others have concluded that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is essential if net-zero is to be met by 2050.

This talk focuses on gas-fired power stations combined with CCS. Deploying CCS introduces a large parasitic energy load resulting from the capture and compression system. This reduces power station generation efficiency. Furthermore, gas providers have to deliver additional gas to make up for the energy deficit. This results in additional emissions from the gas-producing assets. Hence, reducing the CCS energy demand has clear benefits.

The equipment and unit operations associated with CCS will be presented together with the quantification of associated energy requirements. Energy-saving opportunities will be discussed and their impact on energy consumption enumerated.

Tom Baxter, Chemical Engineering Consultant, PDB

Tom Baxter graduated from Strathclyde University in 1975 with a BSc in chemical engineering (first class honours). He is a Fellow of the IChemE. He started his career with ICI Petrochemicals, moved to fine chemicals with the Swiss company Ciba-Geigy before taking a position as a process engineer in 1980 with BNOC (British National Oil Corporation). Through privatisation and acquisitions BNOC became Britoil then BP. Here he worked as an operations engineer, development engineer and research manager.

In 1991, he left BP and joined Altra Consultants as technical manager. He accepted a position as technical director with Genesis in 1998, and became the Aberdeen Business Unit director in 2005. He returned to his role as technical director on 2010 together with a position as Senior Fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department at Aberdeen University, which he helped establish. Since 2003, he has been visiting professor of chemical engineering at Strathclyde University. He is currently a chemical engineering consultant providing greenhouse gas reduction expertise.

Tom Baxter

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