Two-step mineral carbonation using seawater-based industrial wastewater: an eco-friendly carbon capture, utilization, and storage process

  • Injun Kim
  • Yunsung Yoo
  • Juhee Son
  • Jinwon ParkEmail author
  • Il-Sang Huh
  • Dongwoo KangEmail author
SPECIAL FEATURE: ORIGINAL ARTICLE 5th 3R International Scientific Conference (5th 3RINCs 2019)


Carbon dioxide is contained in the flue gas of many industrial plants, including those producing cement and power, and makes a significant contribution to climate change. Thus, methods to reduce carbon dioxide emissions are under intensive investigation. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is a technology for converting captured carbon into useful chemical compounds while reducing CO2 emissions. Thus, CCUS technology is a promising method for combating global warming. In this study, we focused on a mineral carbonation CCUS process using seawater-based industrial wastewater (SBIW). A two-step CCUS process using NaOH as an absorbent for CO2 capture was used to produce two types of metal carbonate. Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry, thermogravimetric analysis, and field-emission scanning electron microscopy techniques were used for analysis. Using our new technique, we obtained high-purity NaHCO3 (92.2%) and MgCO3 ·3H2O (93%). We also found that it is possible to improve the utilization of the cations present in seawater.


Carbon capture and utilization Carbon dioxide Mineralization Metal carbonates Sustainability 



This research was supported by Human Resources Program in Energy Technology of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP), financial resource was granted from the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Republic of Korea (No. 20174010201640) and also supported by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) of the Republic of Korea (No. 20152010201850).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringYonsei UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Wooju Envitech, Inc. R&D CenterSeoulRepublic of Korea

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