The post-combustion carbon capture pilot plant experimental program conducted at Munmorah, in conjunction with the CSIRO, was completed in August 2010. The pilot plant exceeded its targets for capture rate, carbon dioxide purity and sulphur removal.
The pilot plant was relocated by Delta and CSIRO in 2012 from Munmorah to Vales Point to conduct further research.
The facility has successfully hosted several different capture technologies including chemical solvent absorption, solid adsorbents and membrane separation.
The most recent CSIRO project investigated the integration of solar energy with the capture facility to provide steam for the operation of the pilot plant to reduce the auxiliary energy requirement for the process.
In 2017, CSIRO will continue research and development activities at Vales Point to improve capture process efficiency under funding from NSW Coal Innovation.