Compact Light-Weight CO2 Capture Technologies for Small-to-Medium-Scale CO2 Emitters

Compact Light-Weight CO2 Capture Technologies for Small-to-Medium-Scale CO2 Emitters

See PPT Deck here (as PDF) See Report TofC here (as PDF)

As we approach the 4th quarter of 2020, The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR) continues to provide forward-looking advice in its new multi-client and select-client reports along with those delivered for its membership programs.

Because of your focus in the field of CO2 capture technologies, we are sharing access to a Power Point Deck which extracts the important and salient findings from our recently completed techno-economic report entitled, Compact Light-Weight CO2 Capture Technologies for Small-to-Medium-Scale CO2 Emitters. This report was developed as one of three reports delivered in 2019 exclusively to members of our Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion (CO2CC) Program.

Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) is one of several techniques under consideration for decarbonization required to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. While much CO2 is emitted from large power point sources, there are in the order of 100,000’s of small-to-medium emitters globally across different sectors making up at least one quarter of the total CO2 released, and these must also be tackled. This timely report consists of two main chapters: One looks at the profile of small-medium emitters, describing the processes in which their CO2 emissions are produced, the flue-gas characteristics and the status of CCS for each sector; The second goes on to detail the CCS processes available at those volumes with those qualities, including cryogenic, liquid, and solids, including Direct Air Capture (DAC) and membrane-type separations. A view of the success of each technique in the different sectors is provided. The report will be invaluable for those looking to develop and/or offer CCS solutions for small-to-medium emitters and for manufacturers wishing to reduce the carbon footprint of their existing facilities and planned new units.

The PPT Deck, as well as a PDF containing the report’s complete TofC, List of Figures and Tables, are available here: See PPT Deck here (as PDF) See Report TofC here (as PDF)

More information about this report and other services of the CO2CC Program can be seen at Call +1-215-628-4447 or e-mail Chris Dziedziak at, and we’ll be happy to discuss these and other interesting membership

Special Offer: TCGR Report Selections

In recognition of their value to current R&D, commercial and competitive/strategic activities, TCGR is pleased to offer a limited selection of its industry-leading reports at discounted rates, based on coverage area, focus/depth (i.e., technical/R&D vs. commercial/strategic), and study age.

These selected reports, delineated below, cover the full breadth of catalyst applications (e.g., refining, petrochemicals, polymerization and environmental) and are derived from TCGR’s exclusive membership programs as well as its multi-client report series. We present below the reports that are now available, selected from our two membership programs, the Catalytic Advances Program (CAP) and the Carbon Dioxide Capture & Conversion (CO2CC) Program, as well as our multi-client study series.*

Such “themed” reports can be purchased at a discount individually or in groups of two, three or more with discounts on the 2nd (additional 25% off), 3rd (additional 50% off) and 4th+ reports as commensurate with the overall purchase (when made concurrently).

As an example, if you are interested in one (1) study from Group A and one (1) from Group B, your fee would be: $12,500 + $10,000 (@25% off = $7,500) =$20,000.

Per below, each study is linked to its page on our website where additional details, including complete TofCs, can be found. Appearing below the listing is a form where you can indicate your interests (via tick box) and click “submit” so it is delivered to us. For more information, contact TCGR’s John J. Murphy at or +1.215.628.4447.

Group A at 30-40% off list price ($12,500/ea.):

Group B at 40-50% off list price ($10,000/ea.):

B3. The Asia Pacific Catalyst Industry: Markets, Technologies and Manufacturers
(multi-client, completed in September 2015)

B5. Catalytic Process R&D Scale-Up II
(CAP report, completed in 2017)

B4. Natural Gas Conversion vs. Syngas Routes: A Future of Convergence
(multi-client, completed in 2014)

– Vol. 1: Natural Gas to Intermediates and Feedstocks to Syngas;
– Vol. 2: Syngas and Natural Gas Conversion to Products

B6. Advances in Octane Enhancement
(CAP report, completed in 2017)

B11. CO2 Conversion Startups for Venture Capital (CO2CC Program report, completed in 2017)

B12. Progress Towards Cost-Effective and Sustainable H2 Production
(CO2CC Program report, completed in 2017)

B13. CO2 Utilization in Reforming
(CO2CC Program report, completed in 2017)

B14. Benchmarking CO2 Capture Technology (Vol. 3): Update on Selected Pre-/Oxy Combustion and Post-Combustion Capture Routes
(CO2CC Program report, completed in 2016)

B15. Integration of Renewable Energy in CO2 Capture and Conversion Processes
(CO2CC Program report, completed in 2016)

B16 System Perspectives/Net GHG Benefit of CO2 Conversion Technologies
(CO2CC Program report, completed in 2016)

Group C at >50% off list price ($7,500/ea.)

C3. The Catalytic Process Industries in China: Markets, Technologies & Strategic Implications – Update 2013 (multi-client, completed as a series of four segments in April- June 2013)

C5. Advances in Aromatics Production
(CAP report, completed in 2015)

C6. Advances in Methanol to Products
(CAP report, completed in 2015)

C7. Advances in Refinery Cracking
Catalysts and Processes II
(CAP report, completed in 2015)

C8. Dehydrogenation and Oxidative
Dehydrogenation II
(CAP report, completed in 2014)

C10. Advances in Catalyst Supports
(CAP report, completed in 2014)

C11. Catalytic Conversion of Syngas
to Chemical Products II
(CAP report, completed in 2013)

C12. Advances in Catalysis with Precious Metals
(CAP report, completed in 2013)

C14. Advances in C1 Chemistry (CAP report, completed in 2012)

C15. Going to Zero Sulfur II
(CAP report, completed in 2012)

C16. R&D Advances in Catalysis of Biochemicals
(CAP report, completed in 2012)

C18. Integrated CO2 Capture and Conversion from Flue Gases (CO2CC Program report, completed in 2015)

C26. Fundamental Limitations on CO2 Capture Processes (CO2CC Program report, completed in 2012)

C27. Analysis of Demand for Captured CO2 and Products from CO2 Conversion (CO2CC Program report, completed in 2012)

C28. Retrofit Suitability of Competing CO2 Capture Technologies (CO2CC Program report, completed in 2012)

Special Offer Report Selection Form

*Note that reports from TCGR’s membership programs are protected by membership agreements, restricting access for a period of three years from their production dates; as a result, only program reports older than three years are included in the listing below.

Technical and Commercial Progress Towards Viable CO2 Storage

A techno-economic investigation commissioned by the members of the Carbon Dioxide Capture & Conversion (CO2CC) Program

See PPT Deck here (as PDF) | See Report TofC here (as PDF)

To meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement (limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 ⁰C over pre-industrial levels), several decarbonization strategies are being considered. CCS is one such option. Although it has not been the most popular choice historically with concerns around cost, solvent toxicity and scalability, it is now seeing a greater focus. CCS is regarded as an enabling technology for producing “blue hydrogen” with a low carbon footprint, storing CO2 captured from the air (Direct Air Capture) as well as its more traditional application for decarbonizing large fossil fuel power generation plants and petroleum refineries.  

TCGR’s report, Technical and Commercial Progress Towards Viable CO2 Storage, considers the technical and commercial feasibility of CCS from three critical perspectives: regulatory, transportation and storage. It provides a timely synopsis of the major enabling factors that need to be progressed for CCS to move forward. It will be of considerable value to existing stakeholders and newcomers looking to understand the status of CCS and provides a view of what is needed to improve its prospects of becoming a significant method for reducing GHG via wide-scale deployment.

TCGR’s CO2CC Program is an industrial consortium dedicated to seeking, reporting and developing win-win economic solutions to CO2 capture and conversion focused on practical ways to improve “energy efficiency” which generate both savings and lower costs to enhance your bottom-line profitability! It has been working hard since 2010, with numerous resources already in place.

Don’t be left behind! Align with leading industrial member-companies like BASF, ExxonMobil, Linde, Petrobras, Reliance and Total, among others, in the CO2 conversion space by joining the CO2CC Program today. This is the only way to get TCGR’s in-depth and unparalleled report, Technical and Commercial Progress Towards Viable CO2 Storage.

See PPT Deck here (as PDF) | See Report TofC here (as PDF)

More information about this report and other services of the CO2CC Program can be seen at

 Call +1-215-628-4447 or e-mail Chris Dziedziak at, and we’ll be happy to discuss these and other interesting membership benefits.

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The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR), a member of The Catalyst Group, is dedicated to monitoring and analyzing technical and commercial developments in catalysis as they apply to the global refining, petrochemical, fine/specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, polymer/elastomer and environmental industries.

Cabrera and Ozmen Join The Catalyst Group Board of Directors

SPRING HOUSE, PA – The Catalyst Group (TCG) and The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR)are pleased to announce two new additions to their Board of Directors (BOD). The BOD was created in early 2019 to deepen and expand the company’s international exposure to existing and new customers through the deployment of leading industry executives. Carlos A. Cabrera and Suleyman Ozmen, both leading, senior-management-level executives are well known subject matter experts in the fields of catalysis and thus are in an excellent position to leverage strategic, commercial development and entrepreneurial opportunities. Their combined track record includes decades of experience from within leading corporations engaging around the world. More specifically:

Carlos A. Cabrera is an independent consultant based in the greater Chicago Area. His fields of Expertise include Energy, Fuels, Chemicals, Leadership, Strategy and General Management. He is a recognized world expert in the Oil and Gas and Petrochemical Industries. Mr. Cabrera has served on several US and foreign based Corporate Boards for both private and public companies. Carlos is the Executive Chairman of Genomatica, a San Diego based Biotechnology firm. Mr. Cabrera is a Distinguished Associate to the World Energy Consultancy FACTS and serves on the Board of Directors of the Gas Technology Institute. He was previously the President/CEO and then Chairman of UOP, the founding President and CEO of the National Institute of Low Carbon and Clean Energy (NICE) based in Beijing, China, and the Executive Chairman of Ivanhoe Energy. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the University of the Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Cabrera is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Chemical Engineering Department at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Board member of the Loker Institute at the University of Southern California. Granted nine patents by the U.S. Patent Office, Mr. Cabrera was inducted to the University of Kentucky Engineering Hall of Distinction and honored with the Honeywell Corporation 2008 Senior Leadership Award, among several other distinctions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Suleyman Ozmen has extended global downstream business experience with leading organizations (IFP, UOP, Amoco Chemicals, BP and Shell Global Solutions) in refining and petrochemical technology commercialization, licensing, intellectual property management, business and joint venture development, and service business. His specific strengths are in leading technology commercialization, concluding major licensing deals, running global sales for license, catalyst and services, and implementing business strategies. Mr. Ozmen is recognized as refining and petrochemicals industries leading licensing expert with an extensive external business network and has led many successful global technology alliances and built many technology business organizations. He has led negotiations to conclude licensing, guarantee, engineering and catalyst supply contracts resulting in more than a billion MM in net revue to UOP, BP/Amoco and Shell GS. He has also led with success licensing, catalyst and service business with profit accountabilities over $100 million a year. Mr. Ozmen managed successful R&D programs for commercialization of new technologies and new catalyst (etherification process, xylene isomerization, propane dehydrogenation, solid bed alkylation for lab). He was a major contributor to management teams in building successful technology organizations.

About The Catalyst Group and The Catalyst Group Resources

The Catalyst Group (TCG), a global boutique consultancy with over 35 years-experience, serves a diverse spectrum of process industries, including refining, chemicals, natural gas, polymers, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals and related industries (such as catalyst manufacturers, EPCs, material sciences, pharmaceuticals, and environmental services).The Catalyst Group provides consulting to our clients in two ways: via client directed projects by The Catalyst Group Consulting (TCGC) and via various programs and studies by The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR).

The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR), a member of The Catalyst Group, is dedicated to monitoring and analyzing technical and commercial developments in catalysis and is known for its visionary stance in the identification of novel technologies that lead to the development of new markets and industries. Clients who join our programs/studies benefit by being leaders in these new opportunities for their competitive advantage.

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A First for Oil & Gas: Clariant Opens Cutting-Edge High Throughput Experimentation Lab in Houston, US

Clariant has opened its next High Throughput Experimentation (HTE) laboratory in Houston, Texas. The location is key as the new facility will be the first of its kind supporting the oil & gas industry, offering new and sophisticated solutions for customers. This lab is part of a global Clariant initiative to expand HTE capabilities to all Clariant business units, including direct support for oil services in North America, the Asia Pacific region, Latin America, Africa and the North Sea.HTE is an innovative approach and methodology where automated instrumentation, specialized software tools and alternative techniques are able to provide optimized formulations in a rapid timeframe. While it has been widely used in other industries for many years, Clariant is the first company to adopt this technology for the oil & gas industry as a standard tool.As a new addition to the existing lab located at Clariant Oil Services Headquarters, Clariant specialist chemists and innovation experts are now able to utilize miniaturization, parallelization, intelligent design and enhanced analytics – all proven to increase efficiency and productivity. The facility will help to meet current and outstanding needs in the oil & gas industry, with special emphasis on pour point depressants, hydrate inhibitors, asphaltene inhibitors, corrosion inhibitors and scale inhibitors. Source: Clariant, 9/6/2019.TCGR Note: High Throughput Experimentation (HTE) has of course been used as a tool by many process licensing and catalyst producers for years to optimize and create new generations of catalyst for a variety of processes within the oil, gas and chemicals industries. What is different, is Clariant’s announcement to apply this to specialty chemical development for inhibitors.

Exxon Eyes Oil M&A as Clean Energy Shift Seen Taking Decades

Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods is eyeing oil and natural gas deals despite calls to reduce emissions, saying any shift in the world’s energy supply will take decades. “Energy transitions take a long time,” Woods said Wednesday at the Barclays CEO Energy-Power Conference in New York. “In the meantime, the world’s rising demand for energy must be met.”Exxon sees oil demand growing at 0.6% per year over the long term and demand for natural gas increasing 1.3% per year even as policy makers look for ways to wean countries off of fossil fuels. That means significant new investments, including acquisitions, will be needed, Woods said, even though shareholders are calling for Big Oil to reduce spending and return more cash to shareholders.More consolidation is in the offing for independent shale drillers, and Exxon will be watching for potential acquisition targets, he said. “If there is the opportunity to acquire something that bring unique value to Exxon Mobil, we’ll be in a position to transact on that,” Woods said. Source: World Oil, 9/4/2019. TCGR Note: Whether it’s ExxonMobil or Chevron (as seen in its recent unsuccessful bid to buy Anadarko Petroleum), the trend towards more industry consolidation will continue for additional reasons, including reduced conventional fuels, demand as biofuels and more electric and hybrid transportation is adopted.

China’s Zhejiang Satellite Wins Approval for $4B Petchem Plant to Use U.S. Ethane

A large Chinese chemical producer has won regulatory approval to start building a $4.2 billion petrochemical complex in east China to process ethane from the United States, a company official said. Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical Co Ltd’s plant will be the second China-based petrochemical facility aiming to cash in on cheap and abundant U.S. ethane unlocked by the shale revolution in North America, analysts said.Zhejiang Satellite will start construction in September on a 1.25 million tonnes per year (tpy) ethylene plant in Lianyungang in Jiangsu province, Ding Liping, an investor relations officer, told Reuters. “This is the company’s phase-one investment for a total of 2.5 million tonnes per year ethylene production facilities that will process fully U.S. ethane,” said Ding, adding that construction was expected to take about a year. Source: Hydrocarbon Processing, 8/29/2019. TCGR Note: An important trend. Last week Singapore’s SP Chemicals started a 650,000 mt/yr ethane cracker in Taixing, Jiangsu province. Zhejiang is expected to receive ethane from Energy Transfer Partners LP in the 4th Quarter, 2020 under a 10 year agreement at 3 MIL mt/yr. INEOS is suppling SP Chemicals’ needs.

India’s Top Refiner Plans $28B Investment by 2023

Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the country’s top refiner, plans to invest $27.98 billion in five-seven years to meet energy needs of diverse user groups, Chairman Sanjiv Singh told a shareholders meeting on Wednesday. IOC, through its 11 refineries, controls about a third of India’s 5 million-barrel-per-day (bpd) refining capacity. Singh said the investment was required to help IOC “evolve into a future ready corporation that provides comprehensive energy solutions to diverse user groups”. The company is investing over 200 billion rupees by 2023-24 to expand its petrochemicals capacity and another 100 billion rupees in eight years for expansion of city gas distribution projects in the country, he said. Source: Hydrocarbon Processing, 8/28/2019.

Petrochemical Companies Form ‘Cracker of the Future’ Consortium

Six petrochemical companies based in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands have announced a consortium to investigate how naphtha or gas steam crackers could be operated using renewable electricity instead of fossil fuels. The ‘Cracker of the Future’ consortium—which includes BASF, Borealis, BP, LyondellBasell, Sabic, and Total—aims to significantly reduce carbon emissions from production of base chemicals. The companies have agreed to invest in R&D and knowledge sharing as they assess the possibility of transitioning base chemical production to renewable electricity. Members of the consortium have started exploring and screening technical options. If a potential solution is identified, the parties will determine whether to pursue joint development projects, including R&D activities that could include a demonstrator for proof of concept in the case of base chemicals. Source: Chemical Week, 8/27/2019. TCGR Note: This is an interesting and somewhat exciting development! TCGR has already documented some of these important trends. For more information see TCGR’s multi-client study entitled “Advances in Syngas Production: Catalyst and Process Developments Update – 2018” and also its newly proposed “Power-To-X: Techno-economic, Commercial and Strategic Developments for Production of Energy Carrier Chemicals, Petrochemicals and Sustainable Fuels”.