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US and Norway co-funds new CO2 capture testing

From the left: David Moehler (DOE), Fredrik Netland (OED), Roy Vardheim og Anne-Berit Hjorth-Viken (TCM), Alfred Brown (ION), Stephanie Duran (DOE), Trude Sundset (Gassnova), Douglas Hollett (DOE).

Representatives from the US and Norwegian departments of Energy were present when American technology vendor ION Engineering started its groundbreaking test campaign at TCM this week.

“This project represents a significant step toward commercially deploying carboncapture technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Doug Hollett, DOE’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy.

 “It also embodies the importance of the ongoing collaboration between the U.S. and Norway on clean energy technology development,” he said.

ION Engineering, with funding from the DOE, is the first project from DOE’s Carbon Capture program to be located at an international host site. TCM, adjacent to Statoil’s Mongstad refinery in Norway, is the world’s largest and most advanced carbon capture test facility.  Work conducted at TCM will be funded through a $7.6 million award from the DOE with a $6.7 million cost share provided by TCM.

Read the complete DOE Press Release here:DOE-Funded Carbon Capture Technology Moves Forward to Large-Scale Testing 

“We are happy about the close collaboration with the US Department of Energy and very satisfied that ION Engineering is starting their testing at Mongstad this week. We will continue the close dialogue with DOE and hope to see more American technology companies headed for TCM in the future," said Roy Vardheim, Managing Director of TCM.

Alfred Brown, CEO and Chairman of ION Engineering said:
 “TCM provides ION with tremendous opportunity for advancement of our technology.  At the 12 MWe scale, TCM is a vital step in the scale-up process as ION continues to make positive strides towards world-wide deployment of our CO2 capture technology at commercial scale facilities. We look forward to working with the world-class team at TCM.”

The purpose of the test campaign is to demonstrate the performance of ION’s solvent by investigating amongst others energy consumption, CO2 loading, corrosivity, degradation, water balance management and emissions.

Notes to editors

About ION Engineering
ION Engineering is developing carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology to reduce overall costs and make CO2 capture a more viable option for greenhouse gas mitigation.  The Company is commercializing proprietary solvent and process technology for use by large point sources including natural gas and coal-fired power plants safer and more efficiently than current commercial solutions. ION is currently working with local and global partners to deploy its carbon capture technology in commercial settings. Following successful testing at Technology Centre Mongstad, ION is targeting commercial demonstration of its technology beginning in 2017.

Find more information at www.ion-engineering.com.

About Technology Centre Mongstad: Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) is the world’s largest and most advanced facility for testing and improving CO2 capture technologies TCM is a joint venture set up by the Norwegian state (Gassnova) (75.12%), Statoil (20%), Shell (2.44%) and Sasol (2.44%). It aims to increase knowledge on carbon capture technologies, in order to reduce technical and financial risk, and accelerate the development of qualified technologies capable of wide scale international deployment.

Publisert 10/14/2016

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