Reactive amine scrubbing for CO2 conversion

The RASCON project seeks to capture CO2 from combustion gases by regenerating the workable capture substances (amines) at lower temperature (< 100°C) and simultaneously coupling the capture with CO2 conversion.


Amine scrubbing

Amine scrubbing is currently the most robust technology for the capture of CO2 from large-scale industrial emission sources. This approach, however, requires large amounts of energy, in the form of heat, to regenerate the amine solvent.

Low-temperature processes

To reduce this energy requirement, RASCON will investigate if low-temperature processes (< 100°C) can regenerate the amine solvent in an energy-efficient way, and simultaneously convert CO2 into valuable C1 or C2 molecules (formic acid, methyl formate and/or ethylene). Both a homogeneously catalysed and an electro-catalysed route will be studied, with both cases addressing optimal mass and momentum transfer as well as evaluating critical parameters for techno-economic viability and CO2 impact.

The ultimate aim of the project is to successfully integrate the capture and synthesis processes, while achieving the same CO2 capture efficiency at half of the energy requirement and two-thirds of the cost. This will make amine scrubbing technology economically viable for a wide range of industrial scales.


By enabling further innovation in CO2 capture and conversion, RASCON will allow Flemish industries to significantly reduce their CO2 emissions and become global frontrunners in CCU technologies.

Project details

Project type
ESI Project
Research trajectory
Project status
Approved on
Project date
€620 062

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