Designed to scrub CO2 in the harshest of environments...
It started with a proof-of-concept prototype system that extracted the maximum amount of CO2 from diesel and coal electrical power generators. The system was then adapted to scrub CO2 for a "liquid battery" prototype system that converted off-peak solar and wind energy into a cryogenic liquid that would be used to produce electric power during peak energy-consumption times.
The Navy's design rules were simple enough - scrub out all CO2 in an environment that could experience -30ºC to +50ºC in temperature swings, with humidity as high as 100%. The scrubbing media was designed to be charged and discharged indefinitely - or it could be direct buried without any harm to the environment or drinking water. The system had to be self-contained, use no fresh water, and be as maintenance free as feasible. Surprisingly, the implementation turned out to be a simple and elegant solution.
The system uses a polymer-based, sorbent material to capture and store CO2. The sorbent never has to be changed or replenished, and is capable of indefinite adsorb/desorb cycles. By efficiently re-using heat and cold from various internal processes, the CarbonScrubber™ does not impose a parasitic heat or water load on our client's plant. The system is compact and modular so that it can be easily expanded to save valuable production or expansion space -- to allow for growth and increased production capacity. No water or other commodity is consumed in the carbon scrubbing process, and it removes about 99.9% of all the CO2 in your industrial flue stream.
What does all this mean? It means you eliminate your carbon tax and sell your carbon credits on the credit exchange; you can remove CO2 for no CAPEX, and increase your production capacity without increasing your carbon output...or your carbon tax. It means you save money...and it means that you demonstrate your social responsibility to your customers.
Don't let the prototype's compact size fool you - the system passed all tests with flying colors and proved that it can handle CO2 capacities that make other much more massive systems not only jealous, but obsolete. The object of the prototype was to prove that the system used no fresh water and took up a minimum of space, yet scrub out CO2 that was an order of magnitude in mass greater than the system itself. The system is controlled by a Programmable Logic Controller that allows for automated, attendant free operation - and can even be monitored and controlled over the Internet.