DOE: We can link test centres globally
- I am quite impressed by TCM and see a real collegial effort to link different test centers globally and test at different scales, says David Mohler from the US Department of Energy (DOE) during todays visit at TCM.
- It is interesting to see how TCM fits into a network of test centers globally. By collaborating we don't duplicate each others, but move up the chain and test at different scales, says Mohler. We hope for even greater cooperation and to learn as much as possible from each other, said Mohler.
The visitors from the US Department of Energy (DOE) was today introduced to TCM thorugh presentations and a site tour together with TCM, Gassnova and the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum.
In effect since 2004, the Norway-US partnership in CO2-related research is now materialising in jointly funded test projects for which the American technology industry will utilise the world's leading test centre at Mongstad; TCM. The Norwegian Government launched its CCS strategy in the autumn of 2014. International technological collaboration is a key element of the strategy.
NETL (National Energy Technology Laboratory) recently awarded eight companies funds for further detailed planning of their respective CO2 capture technologies in large-scale pilot testing. Two-three of these will be tested at TCM if everything goes according to plan. Phase 2 allocations for the construction of facilities and implementation of the actual tests are expected to start in mid-2016.
If GE, the UoK and Alstom progress from Phase 1, testing will be conducted in both the amine and CAP facilities at TCM from 2017/2018.
In the United States, these NETL-funded technological developments fit with President Obama's recently announced Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from electrical power generation by 32 per cent within 15 years.