Carbonation of activated serpentine for direct flue gas mineralization

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Research in mineral carbonation has moved towards process concepts that combine the capture of CO2 from flue gas with its conversion into stable carbonates. This requires highly reactive source materials that dissolve under lean CO2 pressures and temperatures. Activated serpentine has been used in this study, and its carbonation potential under flue gas conditions has been investigated. Single-step carbonation experiments were performed in stirred reactors with gas-dip tubes, at partial pressures of CO2 up to 1 bar, temperatures between 30°C and 90°C, with and without concurrent grinding using a ball mill. The pH and solids were monitored in-situ, and the degree of carbonation of the products was quantified using thermogravimetric analysis. Given the low CO2 pressure, carbonation was successful, as confirmed by the formation of the two magnesium carbonates nesquehonite and hydromagnesite. However, under all conditions investigated, including grinding, the extent of carbonation did not exceed 20%. It was concluded that after the onset of precipitation, the reactor solution in single-step carbonation experiments reaches equilibrium conditions with respect to both serpentine dissolution and carbonate precipitation.

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Werner, M., Hariharan, S. B., Bortolan, A. V., Zingaretti, D., Baciocchi, R., & Mazzotti, M. (2013). Carbonation of activated serpentine for direct flue gas mineralization. In Energy Procedia (Vol. 37, pp. 5929–5937). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2013.06.519

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