IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) is a major research and training player in the fields of energy, transport and the environment. From research to industry, technological innovation is central to all its activities.
As part of the public-interest mission with which it has been tasked by the public authorities, IFPEN focuses on:
- providing solutions to take up the challenges facing society in terms of energy and the climate, promoting the transition towards sustainable mobility and the emergence of a more diversified energy mix;
- creating wealth and jobs by supporting French and European economic activity, and the competitiveness of related industrial sectors.
Its programs are structured around 3 strategic priorities:
- Sustainable mobility: developing effective, environmentally-friendly solutions for the transport sector;
- New energies: producing fuels, chemical intermediates and energy from renewable sources;
- Responsible oil and gas: proposing technologies that meet the demand for energy and chemical products while improving energy efficiency and reducing the environmental impact.
- An integral part of IFPEN, its graduate engineering school – IFP School – prepares future generations to take up these challenges.
More information about IFPEN available at: http://www.ifpenergiesnouvelles.com/
Role in CHEERS
IFPEN is involved in all technical work packages of the project and is responsible for several
WP 2 – Development and design studies
The purpose of the WP 2 is to provide the conceptual design of the system prototype including all information required for the engineering studies in WP4. IFPEN is leader of this WP and assumes responsibility for all deliverables. The following steps are required:
- To establish the basis of design for the study including all information about the existing test facility at DBC and specifications required for the design
- To characterize the kinetic of the reaction based on experimental results
- To develop models for the mechanical design and the process design of the chemical lopping section including the air reactor, the fuel reactor, the carbon stripper and specific devices for solid circulation and separation as L-valves, loop seals and cyclones.
The main deliverable of this WP is the pre-FEED study for the demonstrator.
WP 3 – Oxygen carriers and characterization of fuel conversion phenomena
IFPEN is involved in this WP as the main partner of SINTEF Industry for the development and the validation of oxygen carriers for petcoke combustion. IFPEN participates in the selection of primary candidates based on its previous experience in oxygen carriers development for more than 10 years, and evaluates the selected materials mainly in terms of reactivity and lifetime through experimental studies, notably by using a 10 kWth CLC pilot unit (see picture).
WP 4 – Process integration and system prototype design
IFPEN is active in this WP by providing R&D support to the engineering study, in particular for the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study based on the conceptual design performed in WP2. IFPEN also assists TOTAL in the procurement of the fuel reactor and participates in the study dedicated to the selection of the most appropriate technologies for the flue gas treatment.
WP 5 – Integrated assessment for industrial scale-up
The main goal of this WP is to provide a techno-economic study of an industrial CLC-CCS unit, including integration with CO2 transport systems. The following tasks are scheduled to achieve this objective:
- The modelling of the CLC reactor unit. Initially developed for the design of the demonstrator in WP2, this model includes performance modelling of oxygen carriers and intends to predict the performances of a CLC unit at industrial scale.
- The process simulation of the overall CLC-CCS plant including boiler system for heat recovery and CO2 purification steps to achieve transports specifications. For benchmarking purposes, a reference solvent-based CO2 capture plant is also modeled and a cost estimate is provided for both cases.
- The economic evaluation of the CLC-CCS deployment and infrastructure development based on business model from industrial partners for a CCS chain from refinery and industries.
IFPEN has the lead for this WP and is responsible for the deliverables of the first two tasks. Its main input is the simulation of the CLC-CCS plant and its cost estimate.
WP6 – Demonstration in operational environment and recommendations at TRL7
IFPEN participates into this WP by providing the demonstrator specifications for the test site definition. In the latter stages of the project, IFPEN also assists the start-up and operations of the demonstrator with staff present on-site.