HEN optimization for efficient retrofitting of coal-fired power plants with post-combustion carbon capture

Rajab Khalilpour, Ali Abbas

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This study aims at reducing the energy penalty burdened by integration of pulverized coal-fired power plants with solvent-based post-combustion carbon capture (PCC) processes via heat exchanger network (HEN) optimization. The base case used is a 300MWe coal-fired power plant burning pulverized black coal and emitting 256 tonnes/h of CO2. Integration of the base case with PCC showed that achieving 90% CO2 capture with purity of 99% using 30 wt% monoethanolamine (MEA) solvent admits an energy penalty of 19.4% to the overall plant output. Pinch analysis showed that a reduction in the mentioned energy penalty down to 15.9% can be achieved via integration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-199
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon capture
  • Coal-fired power plant
  • Heat integration
  • HEN optimization
  • Pinch analysis

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