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CO2 capture technology development is thriving, new TCM report finds

TCM launch report on the next-generation CO2 Capture technologies which are shaping global CCS

Norway, 1st April 2014.  Today, CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), the world’s largest carbon capture testing facility has released a report examining the next generation of carbon capture technologies.  The report, compiled by the prominent research organization SINTEF and commissioned by TCM, analyzes the maturity of 23 new CO2 capture technologies from across pre, post and oxy-combustion technology groups.

TCM commissioned this study as part of its commitment to reduce the risk and cost of CO2 capture technologies worldwide through further testing of second and third generation technologies at the available site.

TCM is also founding member of the international CCS Test Centre Network, which promotes the sharing of studies and test results to accelerate the development of the sector.

Frank Ellingsen, Managing Director of TCM said:  

“This report has been developed to set a marker for where carbon capture technology is today, as well as to identify future technologies that could be tested out at TCM and enable a step change in the advancement of CCS.  In the spirit of international collaboration, TCM is openly sharing the report with the CCS community.”

Around 5,000 people have visited TCM since it’s inauguration in May 2012, including national and international representatives from government, industry, scientists, academics and journalists, plus international students. 

The report distinguishes between three different categories of CCS technology: post-combustion (carbon capture after regular combustion); oxy-combustion (carbon capture after combustion using oxygen rather than air); and pre-combustion (producing a CO2 rich gas under high pressure before combustion).  Within these groupings, the report assesses the maturity of each technology as many begin to move beyond their initial concept and lab-testing phases and starts to require testing sites to pilot their findings.


Last year the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its Roadmap for CCS, which set out plans to use CCS in 30 per cent of global energy production in order to stay below two degrees of global warming. In the US, this was echoed when the EPA set an emissions limit on new coal plants in September 2013.  The following month, delegates from the Norwegian government, including TCM, met with the US Department of Energy to release a communiqué voicing joint support for CCS technology and the Test Centre Network.

The full report can be found at: SINTEF report.pdf

Notes to editors:

About CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad

CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) is the world’s largest facility for testing and improving CO2 capture.  The center comprises two CO2 capture plants each with a capacity to capture approximately 80,000 tons of CO2 from the nearby refinery or 20,000 tons from a gas fired power plant.  In addition the center has available space and infrastructure to sustain more technologies to be tested in the future.  TCM is a joint venture between the Norwegian state, Statoil, Shell and Sasol.  Since the Mongstad test centre was first conceived in 2006, by the Norwegian state and Statoil, a myriad of organisations have come together to form a partnership to develop CCS, including Shell, Sasol, Aker Solutions and Alstom. 

About Sintef

SINTEF is a broadly based, multidisciplinary research organisation that possesses international top-level expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences.

SINTEF is the largest independent, non-commercial organisation in Scandinavia. The profits of contract research projects are invested in new research, scientific equipment and competence development. In the course of the past five years, SINTEF has invested NOK 500 million of its own funds in laboratories and scientific equipment.


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Publisert 4/3/2014

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