Graduate Research School Available Projects Solar driven carbon capture technology

Solar driven carbon capture technology

Title of Project

Solar driven carbon capture technology


Dr Greg Wheatley, Dr Rong Situ

College or Research Centre

College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

“An engineering design for a novel 1-kW solar-driven reactor to capture carbon dioxide via the calcium oxide-based two-step carbonation–calcination cycle has been completed. The reactor consists of a downward-facing cylindrical dual cavity. The inner cavity serves as the radiation receiver, while the outer cavity is the reaction chamber that contains a packed- or fluidized-bed of reacting particles. Several aspects have been incorporated in this reactor design, including high flexibility, mechanical rigidity and simplicity, high-temperature and thermal shock resistance, accommodation of thermal expansion, low convective heat losses, uniform gas distribution inside the reaction chamber, and simple reactor assembly. The final reactor design is presented, and the reactor assembly is illustrated.” (1) The project centres on building and testing the design of this solar powered carbon capture technology. (1)

Key Words

solar powered; carbon captured

Would suit an applicant who

has a sound academic background, research experience, an interest in mechanical engineering and strong experimental and computational skills.

Updated: 15 Apr 2021