WP5 - Demonstration of Solvent Qualification Programme

The main objective of WP5 is to demonstrate the LAUNCH solvent qualification programme in industrial environments. Four large-scale facilities will be used to validate the innovative LAUNCH technology and to assess and manage solvent degradation.

The four sites are: RWE’s Niederaussem pilot plant in Germany; AVR’s Duiven waste incineration plant in the Netherlands; the University of Sheffield’s PACT test facility in the UK; and NCCC’s Alabama test facility in the USA.

WP5 is divided into 3 key tasks:

Task 5.1 Validation of the LAUNCH Rigs at RWE and AVR
Task 5.2 Demonstration of degradation control technologies at RWE and NCCC
Task 5.3 Demonstration of solvent qualification programme for second generation solvents at PACT

Coordinator profile

Peter Moser, Coordinator of WP5
Coordinator Name: Peter Moser
Coordinator Job Role: Head of R&D “Emission Reduction Technologies”, RWE Power AG
Dr. rer. nat. Peter Moser is Head of R&D “Emission Reduction Technologies” at RWE Power AG in Essen, Germany. He studied chemistry at the University of Cologne, where he also received his PhD. He has participated in several German and numerous international CCUS projects, including AEP´s Mountaineer CCS project and EPRIS´s P4 project. EU projects include CASTOR, CESAR, CO2SINK, ENCAP, EcoScrub and ALIGN-CCUS.

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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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