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The packing of an existing absorption tower is replaced with a new type of packing. The height of the packing and the inlet conditions are maintained the same as before. Tests reveal that the number of transfer units is lower than before. This indicates that the tower with the new packing, when compared to that with the old packing, will

  1. have a higher rate of absorption of the solute from the gas stream
  2. have a lower rate of absorption of the solute from the gas stream
  3. have the same rate of absorption of the solute from the gas stream
  4. have a lower height of transfer unit
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