Linde steps up research into safe ways of using captured carbon dioxide

Company has extended its participation in the international research project “Impact of Common Impurities on Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transport and Storage” until 2017

Munich, 22 May 2015 – Technology company The Linde Group continues to focus on advanced solutions for the recycling of carbon dioxide (CO2). As part of this commitment, it has extended its participation in the international research project “Impact of Common Impurities on Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transport and Storage” until 2017. The aim of this project is to study the physical properties of the impure CO2 mixtures that arise in industrial combustion processes and power generation. The specific processes being examined are carbon capture and usage (CCU), enhanced oil/gas recovery (EOR/EGR) and CO2 liquefaction for subsequent commercialisation.

“Our objective is to further advance carbon capture methodologies as part of a wider climate protection agenda,” explains Jürgen Nowicki, Spokesman for the Board of Directors of the Linde Engineering Division. “The first phase of the research project delivered very promising results. By taking part in the second phase, we expect to further strengthen our competitive position in the processing of CO2-rich gases – a very important activity for many of our customers.”

The research project is being led by internationally renowned expert in the field Professor Bahman Tohidi from the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He has been at the helm of this collaborative initiative since the first phase got underway in 2011. Apart from Linde, Statoil, TOTAL, Chevron, Petronas, the UK’s National Grid and Portugal’s Galp Energia will be participating in the second phase.

Precise measurement of the thermodynamic properties of CO2 and its accompanying components has a direct impact on the profitability of processes using CO2. One of the objectives in this context is to guarantee and improve plant operation, safety and efficiency under all operating conditions.


About The Linde Group

In the 2014 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 17.047 bn, making it the largest gases and engineering company in the world with approximately 65,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term, profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations around the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

Under the “Clean Technology by Linde” label, the company offers a wide range of products and technologies that help to render renewable energy sources financially viable, and significantly slow down the depletion of fossil resources or reduce the level of CO2 emitted. This ranges from specialty gases for solar module manufacturing, industrial-scale CO2 separation and application technologies to alternative fuels and energy carriers such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen.


The Linde Group, press release, 2015-05-22.


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