Editor: Rosa Hilda Chavez

Recent Technologies in Capture of CO2

eBook: US $69 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $153
Printed Copy: US $119
Library License: US $276
ISBN: 978-1-60805-925-6 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-924-9 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2014
DOI: 10.2174/97816080592491140101

Introduction

Recent Technologies in the capture of CO2 provides a comprehensive summary on the latest technologies available to minimize the emission of CO2 from large point sources like fossil-fuel power plants or industrial facilities. This ebook also covers various techniques that could be developed to reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere.

The contents of this book include chapters on oxy-fuel combustion in fluidized beds, gas separation membrane used in post-combustion capture, minimizing energy consumption in CO2 capture processes through process integration, characterization and application of structured packing for CO2 capture, calcium looping technology for CO2 capture and many more.

Recent Technologies in capture of CO2 is a valuable resource for graduate students, process engineers and administrative staff looking for real-case analysis of pilot plants. This eBook brings together the research results and professional experiences of the most renowned work groups in the CO2 capture field.

Foreword

Global warming is a result of increasing anthropogenic CO2 emissions, and the consequences will be dramatic climate changes if no action is taken. One of the main global challenges in the years to come is to reduce the CO2 and GHG emissions.

It is widely accepted that the climate change issue is a global concern that directly links with the emission of greenhouse gases notably carbon dioxide (CO2) associated with the use of fossil fuels around the world. Last decade 32.6 Gt of CO2 was released to the atmosphere as a consequence of the global harnessing of fossil fuels. From this amount 41% of the CO2 relates to coal. From a more simplistic point of view the challenge may be construed as just obviating these emissions either by swapping to carbon-neutral primary energy possibly wind, biomass, photovoltaic and nuclear, or by isolating the CO2 and preventing it from being released to the atmosphere (or combined). But the challenge, also involves a geopolitical dimension represented by a fast-growing global population and increasing prosperity level. This dimension is prone to justify the extended electrification in developing nations. On this basis prognoses suggest that the global electricity demand will grow by a factor 3 to 7 within this century.

So far, no sustainable primary energy has been identified as being capable of supplying electric power on demand - in very large quantities at a reasonable cost the global primary energy supply will continually be dominated by fossil fuels over the foreseeable future - regardless of the CO2 emissions that constitute a major drawback of these fuels.

The previous considerations are behind developing a new book on this topic and caused the motivation. The book edited by Prof. Chavez provides a broad overview on several techniques feasible to developed and reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere.

We are most grateful to the numerous authors who put so many times into writing outstanding chapters. This book includes all the relevant and current information on:

  • Expand knowledge and research to establish criteria and solutions to reduce of
  • GHG emissions.
  • Awakening interest of new generations in knowledge and research in this area.
  • Establish links between researchers, as well as in the academic community.
  • Establish solutions to this huge climate change in the world.

Much information is completely updated. Although we believe that this book will provide a clear understanding of these techniques, we invite our readers to inform us about differences of opinion they may have with its contents and areas that need improvement.

Lydia Paredes Gutierrez
General Manager
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares
Mexico


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