Carbon capture scrubber takes award at composites event

Arlington, Va., April 6, 2010 — Composites manufacturer Ershigs, Inc., Bellingham, Wash., last month received a prestigious Award for Composites Excellence for building a project to capture and store carbon dioxide from an existing coal-fired power plant.

The American Composites Manufacturers Association presented its ACE Award for Technical Innovation for Corrosion Applications to Ershigs at COMPOSITES 2010, the largest composites event in North America.

Ershigs Inc., in support of Alstom Power Inc., completed the structural design and fabrication of one 10-foot diameter by 77-foot tall fiberglass reinforced polymer scrubbing vessel created to remove up to 90 percent of the CO2 contained within the combustion gases of the flue stream.

The pilot, which went on-line September 1, 2009, and began storage on October 2, is designed to capture at least 100,000 metric tons of CO2annually, a small fraction of the 8.5 million MT emitted annually by the Mountaineer facility.

If successful, the pilot project will pave the way for a commercial scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project at Mountaineer, which would capture roughly 1.5 million MT of CO2 per year.

“Ershigs is very pleased to receive this award as it recognizes our focused effort to provide custom designed FRP composite solutions to key customers, such as Alstom and AEP, in their challenge to investigate and meet current and future environmental regulation requirements,” says Ershigs V.P. of Marketing and Sales Chaun Trenary. “The use of FRP in carbon capture systems is a fine example of selecting an optimum material to address an aggressive environment.”

The vessel and ductwork were fabricated via filament winding, with numerous fittings and internal components fabricated via contact molding. In all, the project required over 200,000 lbs. of FRP laminate and 9,400 man-hours to complete.

The Awards for Composites Excellence are presented each year at COMPOSITES, ACMA’s annual exhibition and convention — the largest composites event in North America. ACE is the composites industry’s premier product award competition to recognize technology achievement, salute excellence in composites manufacturing, and advancements in product development.


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