Raman Calibration Models for Chemical Species Determination in CO2-Loaded Aqueous MEA Solutions Using PLS and ANN Techniques

Ahmad Syukri Hanafiah, Abdulhalim Maulud, Muhammad Zubair Shahid, Humbul Suleman, Azizul Buang

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The improvement in energy efficiency is recognized as one of the significant parameters for achieving our net-zero emissions target by 2050. One exciting area for development is conventional carbon capture technologies. Current amine absorption-based systems for carbon capture operate at suboptimal conditions resulting in an efficiency loss, causing a high operational expenditure. Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative speciation of CO2-loaded alkanolamine systems and their interactions can improve the equipment design and define optimal operating conditions. This work investigates the potential of Raman spectroscopy as an in situ monitoring tool for determining chemical species concentration in the CO2-loaded aqueous monoethanolamine (MEA) solutions. Experimental information on chemical speciation and vapour-liquid equilibrium was collected at a range of process parameters. Then, partial least squares (PLS) regression and an artificial neural network (ANN) were applied separately to develop two Raman species calibration models where the Kent–Eisenberg model correlated the species concentrations. The data were paired and randomly distributed into calibration and test datasets. A quantitative analysis based on the coefficient of determination (R2) and root mean squared error (RMSE) was performed to select the optimal model parameters for the PLS and ANN approach. The R2 values of above 0.90 are observed for both cases indicating that both regression techniques can satisfactorily predict species concentration. ANN models are slightly more accurate than PLS. However, PLS (being a white box model) allows the analysis of spectral variables using a weight plot.
Original languageEnglish
Article number87
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2021


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