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Piping specialist assists carbon capture project

by Mark Cantrell
A person holding biochar in their hand

A Swiss climate technology company has turned to GF Piping Systems (GFPS) to help it capture and store carbon dioxide.

Neustark, based in Bern, has developed what is said to be a promising technology to capture CO2 from biogas plants and then mineralise the gas in demolition concrete, permanently binding it out of the atmosphere.

The company is also exploring other methods of permanently storing CO2. One of the projects involves mineralizing CO2 in residual water from concrete production. This is achieved with a modular container at the concrete recycling plant.

To build a complete solution for measurement, control, and process automation, Neustark has teamed up with GFPS.

Martin Früh, GFPS’ business development manager, said: “Soon after taking up the discussion with Neustark, we sponsored some parts for testing and have now completed first orders. The solution they developed is promising and comes with great scaling potential.”

Apart from PVC components, GFPS provided products ranging from sensors for parameters such as pressure, pH, and tank levels, to a plastic Butterfly Valve 565 with a pneumatic actuator that controls the flow of the residual water.

The multi-parameter transmitter 9950 closes the control loop, ensuring seamless process automation.

To limit the increase in global average temperature to 1.5C as set out by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), it is necessary to reach net zero by 2050. Achieving net zero not only requires massive emissions reductions, but also the removal of significant amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.

The collaboration between the two companies extends to the cross-border research project ACCSESS.

This four-year project aims to produce technologies, tools and plans that enable widespread carbon capture and storage deployment in Europe.

Within it, Neustark is testing indirect carbonisation methods to store CO2. Here too, GFPS is providing components for prototype technologies as well as expertise in building complex piping solutions.

Dominik Roth, global business development manager for sustainability at GFPS, said: “To limit climate change, reducing emissions has to become the global priority. However, reaching climate targets relies on removing atmospheric carbon too; GF Piping Systems is proud to contribute to this endeavour.”

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