Integrating CCS with Cement Production

This project targets developing fully integrated model of a cement production facility that includes a novel Hydrotalcite (HLc) carbon capture unit. This topic is extremely timely as a process engineering research study is underway now to investigate the potential of HLc's for CCS in processes that have significant amounts of waste heat. HLc require relatively high (400-600 deg C) temperature for the activation, adsorption and regeneration and processes, which naturally produce waste heat, are possible targets. The issue will be the level of integration that is possible in a typical process.

Targets will be:
• A fully working HYSYS/ASPEN+ model of this process and integrated HLc system
• As assessment of the energy load for the HLc processing system compared to the process without CCS.
• A technical and economic assessment of the process and HLc system to determine if the proposal of using HLc is a valid one.

We have a live UK government sponsored research project into HC’s and the life cycle/environmental impact data is one of the work packages. It is very important that the student does not get too involved in the chemistry of how these materials work but more in how the materials are made, and how they are disposed of.

The cement processing plant is one of our target industry sectors.

Supervisor name: 
Graeme White
Supervisor and Deputy email addresses:

Related MSc programmes:

Project location: 
John Coulson - or other computer lab with Aspen/HYSYS
Ideally someone with a process engineering background that has used Aspen or someone who is willing to learn a bit of process engineering. The project will require you to build a model within Aspen/HYSYS and to "design" unit operations for this problem.