This week, the CCS Test Centre Network held its first official meeting, which took place on 25 November in Brussels. The meeting’s main objectives were knowledge sharing and deciding on the Network’s charter.
“With CCS still at an early stage of commercial deployment, there is an urgent need for enhanced testing at large scale of CCS technology solutions worldwide, in order to reduce cost, bridge the gap between R&D and commercial deployment, and increase confidence in the technology,” said Frank Ellingsen, Managing Director of TCM. “To support this, the CCS Test Centre Network now plays a crucial role in contributing to the development of CCS internationally, through knowledge sharing related to new solutions and technologies in the field of CCS. At the Network’s first meeting we shared some specific lessons learned from our first test period, and discussed possible solutions with the participating centres. The aim is a quicker progress of CCS development through knowledge sharing.”
The meeting follows the United States and Norway’s commitment earlier this month to support the CCS Test Centre Network. Announced at the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum’s (CSLF) Ministerial Meeting, an international ministerial conference on carbon capture in Washington DC, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Norweigan Minister for Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien agreed to strengthen cooperation between the test centres for carbon capture, highlighting the value knowledge-sharing brings to the industry on a global level.
The CCS Test Centre Network was first launched by the CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM, Norway), NCCC (US) and other carbon capture test facilities in late 2012.
The organisations attending the Network’s first knowledge sharing session included members TCM, NCCC, Southern Company (Alabama, US), ENEL Engineering and Research (Italy), E.ON (Germany), DOOSAN Power Systems (UK) and SaskPower (Canada). Other attendees included RWE Group (Germany), EnBW (Germany), Ciuden (Spain) and a European Commission representative. Membership in the Network is open to any large-scale CCS test centres.
The Network’s next formal meeting is currently scheduled for May 2014 to take place in Mongstad, Norway.