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SINTEF and TCM Mongstad agree to increase cooperation on CCS

Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) and SINTEF renew collaborative agreement and will jointly tender and market their services in carbon capture and storage (CCS) to the market as a whole.

"TCM and SINTEF have been working in carbon capture for years and have cooperated on a number of projects. Together, we now want to boost our offering to the market and negotiate joint projects where this is appropriate. SINTEF and TCM both have world leading research and testing teams within CCS, and most of the companies that have tested with us have been to SINTEF first. By tying up our complementary skills and expertise even more closely, we will be able to achieve even more," says Ernst Petter Axelsen, MD of TCM.

Important agreement for Norway

Alexandra Bech Gjørv, President and CEO of SINTEF, also believes that the agreement strengthens Norway's ability to show the world the way to the future through CCS: "SINTEF and TCM are key players in the Norwegian national infrastructure for research and development when it comes to CCS Technology. The partnership between SINTEF and TCM enables a complete package for upscaling technologies from test tubes to an industrial scale."

"Norway has a strong position internationally in CCS. We have the leading teams in terms of research and development, and a good interaction between research, world leading suppliers and industry who need to reduce their emissions. In sum, this can create jobs and technology exports to the entire chain involved in the capture, transport and storage of CO2. This is why this collaborative agreement is important for Norway," says the President and CEO of SINTEF.

Eagle eyes on emissions

TCM and SINTEF will exchange information about stakeholders and project opportunities, and work together to assess the potential for joint projects. These may relate to theoretical physical and chemical analyses, chemical process modelling and simulation, as well as the testing and verification of process from small to large scale.

Research to close the knowledge gaps within the reduction and monitoring of emissions is important in reducing the risk associated with the technologies for the capture of CO2. TCM and SINTEF work closely on these challenges and aim to further strengthen cooperation through the creation of new joint projects.

Optimisation and cost cutting

TCM and SINTEF have already been involved in several joint projects. One of these is the CLIMIT Demo project ‘DOCPCC’. Here, advanced process control systems were developed and tested, with the aim of optimising the CO2 capture process and making it cheaper. 

During the first part of the project, Cybernetica, SINTEF and NTNU were all involved. Following modelling trials and testing at SINTEF’s pilot facility at Tiller in Trondheim, the systems were tested at TCM. The project represents the continuation of the positive collaboration between TCM and the CCS team in Trondheim.

Solutions on an industrial scale

SINTEF, TCM and other key CCS operators also recently cooperated on the important CLIMIT Demo project known as Aerosolve. The project brought together the facility at Tiller, TCM and the ROAD project (Rotterdam Capture and Storage Demonstration Project) to contribute to solutions that are directly applicable on an industrial scale.
There is a rising interest in and focus on Aerosol-related emissions to the air from amine absorbers for carbon capture as an issue. The Aerosolve project reinforced knowledge about how to develop and operate carbon capture plants with emissions levels within the given emission permits.

Cooperation with Europe and the USA

TCM and SINTEF are also working together on a project in the European research collaboration, ACT. The first delivery from TCM is the evaluation report for the solvent CESAR 1, which is scheduled to be tested in the amine plant in August 2019.
SINTEF and TCM are both actively involved in the ‘International Test Center Network’ (ITCN), which was initiated by TCM and the American ‘National Carbon Capture Center’ (NCCC) in 2012. Here, some of the world's leading CCS testing centres have collaborated and shared knowledge about the construction and operation of test facilities in order to reduce costs, as well as the technical, environmental and financial risks associated with CCS. This has also resulted in strong bilateral collaborative constellations.

Publisert 7/4/2018

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