ARM - Amine Research and Monitoring
The ARM-project is a 9-year targeted research and monitoring project with focus on atmospheric chemistry processes relevant to the CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad - TCM. The atmospheric research focuses on experimental and theoretical gas phase and atmospheric aqueous phase photo-oxidation of chemical components found in emission from the CO2 absorbers. The monitoring part of the project involves quantitative measurements by PTR-TOF-MS of emissions from the CO2 absorber units, and field measurements of chemical trace gases at selected sites in the area around the Mongstad test site.
About the project
TCM will start up two test facilities for post-combustion CO2-capture in 2012: one is based on chilled ammonia technology, the other is based on amine technology. Given the scale of implementation of post-combustion Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), it is likely that there will be relatively small discharges of amines and other compounds to the atmosphere during operation. There is also the potential for larger scale accidental discharges.
The compounds emitted from the CO2-capture units will in part undergo photo-oxidation in the atmosphere yielding primary products, which may undergo further degradation. Both kinetic and mechanistic information for these reactions are needed to address the full impact of emissions to air. The overall objective is to contribute to the understanding of the atmospheric degradation of emissions from the CO2-capture units to the atmosphere.