WP3 - Closing Degradation Knowledge Gaps

The main objective of WP3 is to close knowledge gaps related to solvent degradation and its impacts. WP3 will provide fundamental understanding of the connection between degradation, corrosion and foaming.

The volatility of degradation compounds of second and third generation solvents will be tested, allowing the prediction of resulting emissions and quantifying the impacts of such emissions.

Data on degradation of novel solvents will be generated, closing an important knowledge gap towards the further development of solvents. Results from this work package will set a benchmark and target for WP2, deliver essential data for WP1, and act as a de-risking mechanism before solvents can be tested at larger scale.

WP3 is divided into 3 key tasks:

  • Task 3.1 Connection between corrosion, foaming and degradation
  • Task 3.2 Degradation of second and third generation solvents
  • Task 3.3 Volatility of degradation compounds and novel solvents

Coordinator profile

Hanna K. Knuutila, Coordinator of WP3
Coordinator Name: Hanna K. Knuutila
Coordinator Job Role: Deputy of Education, Chemical Engineering, NTNU
Professor Hanna K. Knuutila is Deputy of Education at the Department of Chemical Engineering at NTNU. She has been involved in several EU and national projects and is currently the main supervisor of 5 PhD students and 1 post-doc in the field of acid gas removal. Current activities include solvent degradation and corrosion studies, modelling and measurement of absorption kinetics, and development of second and third generation solvents for both traditional absorption processes and membrane contactors.

More About the Project

Work Packages


Management, Dissemination and Exploitation


Predicting Degradation


Controlling Degradation


Closing Degradation Knowledge Gaps


Development of Solvent Qualification Programme


Demonstration of Solvent Qualification Programme


Techno-economic Evaluation


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.


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.


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