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International CCS Test Centre Network expands

Norwegian SINTEF and Australian CO2CRC join the CCS Test Centre Network chaired by TCM to expand international knowledge-sharing capabilities and accelerate commercialisation of crucial CCS technologies.

- We are very pleased to welcome these two new member institutions, who will bring in valuable expertise and experience, expand the opportunities for technical and commercial cooperation between the facilities, and extend our reach even further, said Roy Vardheim from TCM, who has been chairing the International CCS Test Centre Network (ITCN) for the past two years.

Since its launch in 2012, some of the world’s leading CCS test centres have been sharing knowledge of construction and operation of large test facilities in order to establish a level playing field for technology vendors to reduce costs, as well as the technical, environmental and financial risks currently associated with CCS. Among the members are Saskpower of Canada and the National Carbon Capture Center in the U.S.

CO2CRC is a world-leading carbon capture and storage (CCS) research organisation that works closely with Australian and international industry to find solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Since 2003, CO2CRC has carried out research on solvent absorption, membranes, adsorption, hydrates and cryogenic CO2 capture technologies. From 2007, activities have also included capture demonstration facilities and large-scale design. CO2CRC is presently testing new membranes and adsorbents for removal of CO2 from CO2-rich natural gas at the Otway site in Victoria, Australia.

SINTEF Materials and Chemistry is a branch of SINTEF, Scandinavia’s largest independent research organization. They have been active in CO2 capture since 1996 and operate the CO2 capture laboratory at Tiller, a test facility for developing post-combustion technology. The laboratory houses a full-height absorption tower, and the test facility is instrumented for accurate measurement of energy requirements, emission measurements, solvent degradation properties and other process performance parameters.

In accordance with the agreement between the U.S. and Norwegian energy ministers in Washington, D.C. November 2013, the chairmanship will be taken over by the USA from 2016. The National Carbon Capture Center in Alabama, which is managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by Southern Company Services, will be responsible for operating the network. 

Other members of the network are:
• Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) – test facility at Mongstad, Norway
• E.ON – test facility at Wilhelmshaven, Germany
• SaskPower – test facility at Shand, Saskatchewan, Canada
• Southern Company Services/U.S. Department of Energy National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) – test facility at Wilsonville, Alabama, USA
• Pilot-Scale Advanced CO2-Capture Technology (PACT) of the Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC), Sheffield, UK

Publisert 12/10/2015

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