The efficient capture of carbon dioxide is of paramount importance for the refining and gas industries in Abu Dhabi. There are both global and local reasons for that. The global arguments relate to the anticipated change of the climate resulting from the ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
In the UAE, the arguments are not different, and being one of the highest emitters of CO2 per capita, a lot of work lies ahead in this area. But the interest in CO2 capture locally goes beyond control of emissions to the atmosphere. To enhance the recovery/production of crude oil from existing wells, injection of CO2 is one of the available and preferred options. Large volumes are needed though; these may not be readily available and in some cases since even fossil fuels are burnt simply to generate it. Clearly this is not an advantageous solution, and technologies to effectively capture CO2 will be of continued interest. Reduction of CO2 emissions is directly influenced by the efficiency (read cost) by which carbon can be captured. Along these challenges, the project aims to develop energy‐efficient and sustainable solutions based on hybrid capture using highly selective, high‐capacity bi‐phasic sorption systems and processes.