Promethean Successfully Completes First MOF-based CCS Trial at Drax

Published December 21, 2022

Promethean and the University of Nottingham are pleased to annouce the completion of a first demonstration project of a metal-organic framework (MOF)-based carbon capture system at Drax‘s incubation facility. The PICASSO project (Pilot-scale Carbon Capture using Solid Sorbents) was funded by the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC).

“We’ve been running our MOF-enabled CO2 capture rig throughout 2022 including on the hottest and coldest days of the year!,” said Prof Ed Lester. “It’s been a really valuable project and we’ve been able to successfully demonstrate that metal-organic frameworks can capture CO2 selectively and can perform reliably over many cycles. We’ve also been able to test two different MOF structures in two very different system configurations to see how they perform in real conditions vs our ongoing lab scale work.”

James Stephenson, Chief Executive Officer of Promethean, commented, “We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to Drax who made their BECCS incubator facility available for this project. Their support has been invaluable, allowing us to demonstrate that MOFs do indeed have the potential for this critical carbon capture application. There is certainly further engineering work to be done on system optimisation, but as a scale MOF manufacturer, Promethean’s primary goal in this project was to show that MOFs can do the job – and they did.”

Whilst it was only a small project, PICASSO has been a crucial step in enabling us to demonstrate technology readiness level (TRL) 5 performance with actual flue gas from the largest power station in the UK.

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