Imperial College London

DrArturoCastillo Castillo

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Research Fellow
 
 
 
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Publications

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Pieri T, Nikitas A, Angelis-Dimakis A, 2018, Holistic assessment of carbon capture and utilization value chains, Environments, Vol: 5, ISSN: 2076-3298

Carbon capture and utilization (CCU) is recognized by the European Union, along with carbon, capture and storage (CCS), as one of the main tools towards global warming mitigation. It has, thus, been extensively studied by various researchers around the world. The majority of the papers published so far focus on the individual stages of a CCU value chain (carbon capture, separation, purification, transportation, and transformation/utilization). However, a holistic approach, taking into account the matching and the interaction between these stages, is also necessary in order to optimize and develop technically and economically feasible CCU value chains. The objective of this contribution is to present the most important studies that are related to the individual stages of CCU and to perform a critical review of the major existing methods, algorithms and tools that focus on the simulation or optimization of CCU value chains. The key research gaps will be identified and examined in order to lay the foundation for the development of a methodology towards the holistic assessment of CCU value chains.

Journal article

Zhang R, Li-Mayer J, Charalambides M, 2018, Development of an image-based numerical model for predicting the microstructure-property relationship in Alumina Trihydrate (ATH) filled Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), International Journal of Fracture, Vol: 211, Pages: 125-148, ISSN: 0376-9429

Particulate composites are found in a wide range of applications. Their heterogeneous microstructure affects their bulk behavior and structural performance, however tools for predicting this important structure-property relationship are still lacking. In this study, a numerical method that can provide predictions of the mechanical response of a particulate polymeric matrix composite as a function of volume fraction and particle mean diameter is presented. The work is derived for an alumina trihydrate filled poly(methyl methacrylate) but the methodology is generic and can be used for any particulate composite. Representative Volume elements are determined through images obtained from scanning electron microscopy. The model takes into account the possibility of failure through interface debonding as well as cracks through the matrix. The model predictions for the modulus and fracture strength of the composites are validated through independent experiments on the composite. The numerical results are also used to qualitatively explain the trends measured regarding the fracture toughness of the composites. Compared to other literature on particulate composites, our study is the first to report accurate stress–strain distributions as well as fracture predictions whilst all the necessary model parameters defining the failure criteria are all derived through independent experiments. This paves the way for a relatively simple methodology for determining structure-property relationships in composites design, enabling smarter material utilization and optimal mechanical properties.

Journal article

Patricio J, Angelis-Dimakis A, Castillo Castillo A, Kalmykova Y, Rosado Let al., 2017, Method to Identify Opportunities for CCU at Regional Level - Matching Sources and Receivers, Journal of Co2 Utilization, Vol: 22, Pages: 330-345, ISSN: 2212-9820

Carbon Capture and Utilization is an attractive strategy not only due to its potential for CO2 emissions reduction but also because it enables the creation of valuable products. The development of CO2-based industrial symbiosis partnerships can contribute significantly towards achieving the goals of GHG emissions reduction on a European level by 2030, while at the same time it leads to an increased added value through the development of new production lines and carbon neutral products. The presented article focuses on identifying potential partnerships between companies that produce CO2 and companies that may reuse CO2 as input for their industrial process. A novel methodological framework is presented based on developing generic matrices for CO2 sources and receivers and matching the industrial units based on geographical and technical criteria. Moreover, the paper provides the technical requirements of 17 CO2 utilization technologies with relatively high technology readiness level, including the CO2-to-product ratio, the required purity, pressure, temperature and the presence of a catalyst, as well as potential synergies and additional requirements. The methodology has been applied to the Västra Götaland region in West Sweden and the most promising CCU symbioses have been identified. These include mineral carbonation (annual uptake: 59,600 tCO2), greenhouses (26,000 tCO2), algae production, methanol production (85,500 tCO2), power to gas (66,500 tCO2), pH control, lignin production, polymers synthesis and concrete curing (96,000 tCO2). If all of them could be applied, the total annual CO2 reduction would exceed 250,000 tCO2 per year.

Journal article

Castillo Castillo A, Angelis-Dimakis A, 2017, Policy analysis and recommendations for EU CO 2 utilisation policies, CEST2017 - 15th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology

To safeguard the competitiveness of energy-intensiveindustries, in light of lower-cost energy supplies elsewhere,Europe requires combined resource and energy efficiencytechnology. Most technical components of CO2 utilizationcan in principle be mobilized in Europe in the short term.Nevertheless, infrastructural, logistical, regulatory andbusiness strategic issues must be addressed imminently byall relevant stakeholders. Given the already dense EUpolicy landscape, industry stakeholders need to assess firstthe applicability of the current framework and then theimpact that policy changes could bring. Notably,connectivity infrastructure requires more analysis andcoordination. This paper presents relevant policies tosupport CO2 utilisation along the value chain. It outlinesthe applicability of current policy and benefits of policyenhancements to address barriers to deployment of CO2-derived products. It also lays out the role of keystakeholders to effect appropriate changes in policy.Finally, it explores the justification for a CO2 UtilisationDirective, comparable to the Carbon Capture and StorageDirective.

Conference paper

Patricio J, Angelis-Dimakis A, Castillo-Castillo A, Kalmykova Y, Rosado Let al., 2017, Region prioritization for the development of carbon capture and utilization technologies, Journal of CO2 Utilization, Vol: 17, Pages: 50-59, ISSN: 2212-9820

In recent years several strategies have been developed and adopted to reduce the levels of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions released to the atmosphere. The adoption of Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technologies may contribute towards carbon sequestration as well as to the creation of high value products. This study presents a methodology to assess the potential of CO2 utilization across Europe, and to identify the European regions with the greater potential to deploy nine selected carbon dioxide utilization technologies. The results show that Germany, UK and France at the first level followed by Spain, Italy and Poland are the countries where the larger quantities of available CO2 could be found but also where the majority of the potential receiving processes are located, and therefore with the greatest potential for CO2 utilization. The study has also revealed several specific regions where reuse schemes based on CO2 could be developed both in Central Europe (Dusseldorf and Cologne – Germany, Antwerp Province and East Flanders – Belgium and Śląskie – Poland) and in Scandinavia (Etelä-Suomi and Helsinki-Uusimaa – Finland). Finally, among all the selected technologies, concrete curing and horticulture production are the technologies with the higher potential for CO2 utilization in Europe.

Journal article

Castillo Castillo A, Angelis-Dimakis A, Enabling CO2 reuse value chains: the importance of geographical conditions, 8th Annual Meeting of the International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet)

Conference paper

Torija S, Castillo-Castillo A, Brandon NP, 2015, The prospects for biogas integration with fuel cells in the United Kingdom, Fuel Cells, Vol: 16, Pages: 55-79, ISSN: 1615-6854

Anaerobic digestion (AD) presence is emerging in the UK because it has numerous environmental benefits as a waste management strategy and produces valuable biogas. This work shows that up to 5.5% of UK primary energy could be met by biogas, representing 14.4% of gas consumption. Fuel cells (FCs) are the most efficient and environmentally benign energy convertor of any device of equivalent scale and in addition are well suited for biogas utilization, which has worldwide led to the emergence of numerous integrated commercial applications. Thus, biogas coupling with fuel cells is proposed as a unique and virtuous AD scheme. A techno-economic model has been developed for the two types of AD plants with the highest development prospects in the UK, namely livestock and food waste plants, whose performance and feasibility at different scales are scrutinized under several policy scenarios, some of which incorporate supportive mechanisms for the introduction of FCs. Results confirm that conventional AD projects can already be profitable in the current market environment, while projects involving FCs proved environmentally superior, virtually suppressing harmful pollutant emissions and decreasing the CO2 emissions from using grid electricity and natural gas, at a reasonable avoided carbon cost in the best suited cases.

Journal article

Angelis-Dimakis A, Castillo Castillo A, Enabling new values chains for CO2 reuse, 13th International Conference on Protection and Restoration of the Environment

Conference paper

Candelise C, Gross R, Heptonstall P, Castillo Castillo A, Greenacre Pet al., 2013, Presenting the future: An assessment of future cost estimation methodologies in the electricity sector, London, Publisher: UKERC

Report

Castillo-Castillo A, 2012, Solid Waste Management and Regulation, Environmental and Energy Law, Editors: Makuch, Pereira, Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN: 9781118257340

The Cahpter provides a brief ecxamination of selected examples of EU law in relation to waste management. It highlights the potential for synergies beteween several legal instruments addressing diverse environmental issues related to waste management and resource efficiency. The material seeks to establish links across the root challenges in waste handling and resource recovery. Unlike an account of the historical evolution of the legal framework, the chapter examines the intended effect of several European regulations and contrasts them with two international examples.

Book chapter

Oxley T, Elshkaki A, Kwiatkowski L, Castillo A, Scarbrough T, ApSimon Het al., 2012, Pollution abatement from road transport: cross-sectoral implications, climate co-benefits and behavioural change, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY, Vol: 19-20, Pages: 16-32, ISSN: 1462-9011

Journal article

Zglobisz N, Castillo-Castillo A, Grimes S, Jones Pet al., 2010, Influence of UK energy policy on the deployment of anaerobic digestion, ENERGY POLICY, Vol: 38, Pages: 5988-5999, ISSN: 0301-4215

Journal article

Castillo-Castillo A, Leach M, Ryu C, Yassin L, Lettieri P, Simons S, Swithenbank J, Sharifi Vet al., 2009, Thermal technology scales in future waste strategies, Waste and Resource Management

Journal article

Yassin L, Castillo-Castillo A, Ryu C, Lettieri P, Simons S, Leach M, Swithenbank J, Sharifi Vet al., 2009, From Incineration to Advanced Fluid-bed Gasification of Waste, Waste and Resource Management

Journal article

Castillo-Castillo A, 2008, UK and Continental Europe energy-from-waste policy in comparison, London, SMi Conference: Energy from Waste, Publisher: SMi

Conference paper

Castillo-Castillo A, Leach M, 2008, Thermal treatments: Integrated scenario modelling, London, Symposium: Strategies & Technologies for Sustainable Urban Waste Management, Publisher: Sustainable Urban Environments Waste Consortium

Conference paper

Castillo-Castillo A, Leach M, 2006, Technology types and scales in future urban waste strategies, Waste 2006, Pages: 287-295

Conference paper

Castillo-Castillo A, Leach M, 2006, Technology types and scales in future urban waste strategies, Coventry, UK, Waste 2006 - Sustainable Waste and Resource Management, Publisher: The Waste Conference Limited, Pages: 287-295

Conference paper

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