In a major step towards carbon sequestration in the US, Wabash Valley Resources LLC in collaboration with Honeywell UOP will capture around 1.65 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. The project also includes production of clean Hydrogen energy from a repurposed gasification unit in West Terre Haute, Indiana. On completion, the project would be one of the largest carbon capture initiatives in the US.
Wabash Valley will utilize the advanced technologies from Honeywell UOP, global technology giant, in order to achieve the planned objective. Honeywell’s specialty equipment includes Molecular Sieve Dehydration (MOLSIV) Unit, Modular Ortloff CO2 Fractionation unit, and Polybed pressure swing adsorption (PSA) unit to capture CO2 and process syn gas from the gasification unit. Furthermore, Honeywell UOP will also provide technology licenses and basic engineering for the available technology equipment.
Laura Leonard, Vice President and GM of UOP Process Technologies, emphasized over the need to achieve sustainability goals through carbon capture and storage (CCS) along with Hydrogen production and its use as clean fuel. She also pointed towards economical viability of the above two technologies. She also highlighted that a mutual trust relationship exists between Wabash and Honeywell UOP.
Dan Williams, Managing Director of Wabash Valley Resources stated, “By implementing Honeywell UOP’s proven technologies for the capture of CO2 and Hydrogen purification, we will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This project will allow for market access to clean Hydrogen, as well as support the domestic growth of the hydrogen economy.”
Honeywell in a recently made announcement, committed to achieving its carbon neutrality goal by 2035 in all its operations and facilities. The commitment puts the company in the elite class of companies who have pledged to move towards climate friendly technologies and future oriented business development. Company also revealed that half of its new product R&D investment is directed towards products that are climate friendly and improve environmental and social outcomes for its customers.
Honeywell UOP, formerly known as UOP LLC or Universal Oil Products, is an American multi-national company developing and delivering technology to the petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical production, and major manufacturing industries. It is an international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.
Wabash Valley Resources LLC (WVR), an affiliate of Phibro LLC, acquired a world scale gasification unit in 2016, and is planning to convert it to a Hydrogen Production unit and carbon capture and sequestration project which also got selected for funding under Carbon Storage Program initiated by the Department of Energy (DOE). The program's objective is to facilitate the advancement, development and validation of technologies to enable safe, and cost-effective storage of carbon dioxide.