SCARLET: Scale-up of Calcium Carbonate Looping Technological for Efficient CO2 Capture


Funder: EU FP7
Duration: 01 April 2014 – 31 March 2017
Staff Involved: Dr Ye Huang, Dr David McIlveen-Wright, Prof Neil Hewitt

Scarlet a 3-year research project funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme with the aim to obtain reliable information and tools for the scale-up of the Calcium Carbonate Looping (CCL) process and pre-engineering of a 20 MWth CCL plant by continuous self-sustaining pilot plant operation. The project will provide a techno-economic and environmental assessment of this high potential technology for CO2 capture from power plants as well as cement and steel production plants. Furthermore the fundamental expertise required for the scale-up and integration of pre-commercialisation CCL facilities is provided.

The following key objectives have been defined for the SCARLET project:

  • The key process parameters and control strategies shall be identified by testing the CCL process aiming at a target of at least 90 % CO2 capture and an efficiency penalty less than 3.5 % points.
  • Scale-up tools and guidelines for CCL reactor design and process layout shall be developed and validated by experimental data of the pilot plant.
  • The design and risk assessment of a 20 MWth CCL pilot plant to be built should be carried out.
  • The techno-economic and environmental analysis of the CCL application to hard coal and lignite fired power plants as well as cement and steel industry at commercial full scale shall be determined.