Overview

LAUNCH is a three-year project aimed at accelerating the implementation of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture across industry and enabling the development of novel solvents to support widespread deployment of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS). The project is co-funded by the ERA-NET Accelerating CCS Technologies (ACT2) initiative. The project began in September 2019 and will run until August 2022.

Building on international collaboration and work already undertaken as part of the ACT 1 ALIGN-CCUS project, our partnership of academic and industry experts from across Europe and the USA has secured funding for six interconnected research work packages, to tackle one of the main barriers to implementation of CCUS: post-combustion CO2 capture solvent degradation.

Solvent degradation is a known drawback of using chemical absorbents as it leads to increased costs due to:

  • Solvent replacement
  • Liquid waste treatment
  • Gas compound treatment
  • Increased corrosion

Our work will increase our knowledge of solvent characterisation and degradation behaviour, a major step forward in understanding capture materials and processes.

By improving the economics of post-combustion CO2 capture systems, we aim to support the growth of a CCUS industry that will facilitate a low-carbon future for Europe’s energy and industrial sectors.

The LAUNCH project will test first, second and third generation solvents and will include at least 10 open-access solvents.

Our project is divided into seven interconnected work-packages (WP0 - WP6).

Work Packages

WP0

Management, Dissemination and Exploitation

WP1

Predicting Degradation

WP2

Controlling Degradation

WP3

Closing Degradation Knowledge Gaps

WP4

Development of Solvent Qualification Programme

WP5

Demonstration of Solvent Qualification Programme

WP6

Techno-economic Evaluation

Objectives

The primary objective of the LAUNCH project is to accelerate the implementation of CO2 capture across the energy and industry sectors by developing novel solvents and establishing a fast-track, cost-effective de-risking mechanism to predict and control degradation of capture solvents.

Outcomes

The LAUNCH project will deliver the necessary knowledge and tools to allow CO2 capture plants to operate in a more controlled and cost-efficient way. The project will also provide solvent developers with the tools to assist in designing and validating novel solvents. By avoiding uncontrolled build-up of degradation products, LAUNCH will improve the performance and economics of CO2 capture.