“3D” - DMXTM Demonstration in Dunkirk

A consortium of 11 European stakeholders is launching a project to demonstrate an innovative process for capturing CO2 from industrial activities—the DMX™ project. It is part of a more comprehensive study dedicated to the development of the future European Dunkirk North Sea capture and storage cluster.

The “3D” project (for DMXTM Demonstration in Dunkirk) is part of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation program.

This H2020 project (Grant Agreement N° 838031) has a 19.2-million-euro budget over 4 years, including 14.7 million euros in European Union subsidies. Coordinated by IFPEN, the “3D” project brings together 10 other partners from research and industry from 6 European countries: ArcelorMittal, Axens, Total and its 1/3 party Greenflex, RWTH, DTU, ACP, CMI, Gassco, Brevik Engineering and Uetikon.

This project will:

  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of the DMXTM process on a pilot industrial scale. The pilot, designed by Axens, will be built starting in 2020 at the ArcelorMittal steelworks site in Dunkirk and will be able to capture 0.5 metric tons of CO2 an hour from steelmaking gases by 2021. The DMXTM process, a patented process stemming from IFPEN’s Research and to be marketed by Axens, uses a solvent that reduces the energy consumption for capture by nearly 35% compared to the reference process. Additionally, using the heat produced on site will cut capture costs in half, to less than 30 euros per metric ton of CO2.

  • Prepare the implementation of a first industrial unit at the ArcelorMittal site in Dunkirk, which could be operational starting after 2025. It should be able to capture around 125 metric tons of CO2 an hour, i.e. more than one million metric tons of CO2 a year.

  • Design the future European Dunkirk North Sea cluster, which should be able to capture, pack, transport and store 10 million metric tons of CO2 a year and should be operational by the year 2035. This cluster will be backed up by the packing and transport infrastructures for storing CO2 in the North Sea developed by other projects such as the Northern Lights project that Total is already involved in.

The “3D” project’s ambition is to validate replicable technical solutions of CO2 Capture & Storage . It should play a major role in enabling industries with high energy consumption and CO2 emissions, such as the steel industry, to reduce their emissions. This project is an essential lever for meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement on global warming.

DTU’s involvement will be modelling, process simulation and software development for CO2 conditioning, involving liquefaction and compression of CO2

Co- supervisor: Philip Fosbøl

Contact

Nicolas von Solms
Associate Professor
DTU Chemical Engineering
+45 45 25 28 67

Contact

Philip Loldrup Fosbøl
Associate Professor
DTU Chemical Engineering
+45 45 25 28 68