Jupiter Oxygen Corporation (JOC), a privately held Illinois-based company, has developed technologies for industrial energy efficiency and cost effective carbon capture from fossil fuel power plants. Jupiter Oxygen’s expertise is based on its continued research, development and everyday use of oxy-combustion.
Experiments on and the development of the patented oxy-combustion process began in the mid-1990s as a way to cut fuel costs and lower emissions at Jupiter Aluminum Corporation (www.jupiteraluminum.com), an aluminum recycling and coil manufacturing plant. Jupiter’s technology has been in use at Jupiter Aluminum since 1997.
Jupiter Oxygen worked for a decade with experts from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) of the U.S. Department of Energy to develop advanced fossil energy solutions, with a focus on retrofitting existing coal fired boilers with carbon capture, and obtained patents on the joint clean technology development.
JOC’s high flame temperature oxy-combustion technology, combined with NETL’s Integrated Pollutant Removal system, enables the capture of more than
95% of CO2, and the elimination of key pollutants (NOx, SOx, PM, mercury). The key end product is salable and pipeline ready CO2. The technology has been implemented at Jupiter Oxygen’s 15 MWth boiler test facility and research center south of Chicago. Furthermore, Jupiter Oxygen and NETL developed a new boiler design based on high flame temperature oxy-combustion, which can serve the CO2 utilization industries in the near future.
TRANSFORMATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS NEEDED
The world of the 21st century needs sustainable business strategies that provide an increasing energy supply while supporting climate protection and social development goals. Transformational technologies, such as carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) will play a key role in manging these challenging tasks as long as fossil fuels dominate the energy mix worldwide.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) strategies, including CO2 utilization, represent low carbon technologies with a significant carbon mitigation potential. Furthermore, CO2 utilization options within CCS projects can attract industry early on to invest in cleaner fossil energy.
Real scale application and demonstration of CCUS projects will drive down overall costs, and can make those clean technologies affordable in emerging economies that still rely heavily on fossil energy. Beneficial utilization of CO2, creating a revenue stream from captured CO2, can be realized through enhanced oil recovery, enhanced coal bed methane recovery, the algal biomass industry and other strategies. All of these CO2 utilization options are win-win strategies. Why? Because those technologies will control significant amounts of CO2, which otherwise will be released to the atmosphere, and will unlock much needed energy resources domestically. Those synergies are key to enable economical carbon capture projects.
JOC’s oxy-combustion based carbon capture technologies, in conjunction with CO2 utilization, offer economic solutions to substantially mitigate CO2 emissions. Co-benefits from applying those technologies to fossil fuel power plants will be air pollutant control and CO2 recycling or permanent CO2 storage. For more information, visit www.jupiteroxygen.com.