Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Major EU project on the CO2 technology of the future

21.11.2007
SINTEF In Norway is to lead the EU’s latest research project on CO2 capture in coal- and gas-fired power stations. The project involves 14 partners from eight different countries, and has a total budget of more than twice the Norwegian parliament’s annual funding for research of this sort.

The EU’s DECARBit project, which will be coordinated by SINTEF Energy Research, will last for four years, with a total budget of NOK 120 million, of which NOK 45 million will go to research at SINTEF and NTNU.

Next-generation technologhy
The project will deal with next-generation technology for CO2 capture from coal- and gas-fired power stations, and will contribute to making future technology very much cheaper than the technology that is available for use today.

DECARBit is the first CO2 handling project in the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for research and development, which was launched in 2007.

Positive confirmation
“The initiative for this project came from us and this shows that we enjoy the confidence of Europe and confirms that SINTEF and NTNU are among the world’s leading centres of research in CO2 handling,” say Nils A. Røkke, SINTEF’s director of gas technology research and NTNU’s Professor Olav Bolland.
Europe boosting R&D in CCS
The news about the EU contract arrived just a week after the proposal for next year’s national budget was presented to the Storting, the Norwegian parliament. The proposal made it clear that the Norwegian government intends to freeze funding for research on CO2 handling at NOK 48.5 million.

“The new EU project is one of several examples of Europe putting significant resources into basic research in this field” say Røkke and Bolland.

In the course of the next six years, the EU will invest no less than €390 million (about NOK 3 billion) in research and development on CO2 capture and storage – so called CCS technologies.

Removes carbon from fuels
The most mature technology for CO2 capture at coal- and gas-fired power stations utilise scrubbing of the flue-gases by means of chemicals to separate CO2.

The EU’s DECARBit project deals with one of several other solutions that could become relevant for the next generation of CO2 capture plants. The project deals with the challenges that arise if we decide to remove the carbon in coal and natural gas fuels before they are sent to the power plant.

Cheaper separation
If a “fuel route” of this sort is chosen, the coal or natural gas will go to the processing plant, which will release a mixture of gases consisting of hydrogen – which will be sent to the power generation plant, CO2 - which will go to storage, and steam.

The EU project will allow the SINTEF and NTNU scientists to contribute to new technology that will cut the costs of separating out the components of the gas mixture.

Anxiety
DECARBit is just the latest in a long series of EU projects that SINTEF and NTNU have joined during the past few years in the field of CO2 handling. SINTEF and NTNU lead five of these projects.

The Norwegian success within the EU research in this topic can partly be attributed to a “national team” spirit. The co-operation with StatoilHydro is important and also the CCS track-record of Norway - most recently added to this is the Snøhvit CCS operation.

“Participating in these projects is important for the research institutes and for the nation as such, in view of the networks that they give us access to. Our worry regarding the stagnating public-sector funding here at home is that we will be unable to carry out essential upgrading of our laboratory facilities. This could make us less competitive in Europe in the future,” say Røkke and Bolland.

Aase Dragland | alfa
Further information:
http://www.sintef.no/content/page3____3200.aspx

More articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation:

nachricht Waste in the water – New purification techniques for healthier aquatic ecosystems
24.07.2018 | Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

nachricht Plenty of habitat for bears in Europe
24.07.2018 | Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

All articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: It’s All in the Mix: Jülich Researchers are Developing Fast-Charging Solid-State Batteries

There are currently great hopes for solid-state batteries. They contain no liquid parts that could leak or catch fire. For this reason, they do not require cooling and are considered to be much safer, more reliable, and longer lasting than traditional lithium-ion batteries. Jülich scientists have now introduced a new concept that allows currents up to ten times greater during charging and discharging than previously described in the literature. The improvement was achieved by a “clever” choice of materials with a focus on consistently good compatibility. All components were made from phosphate compounds, which are well matched both chemically and mechanically.

The low current is considered one of the biggest hurdles in the development of solid-state batteries. It is the reason why the batteries take a relatively long...

Im Focus: Color effects from transparent 3D-printed nanostructures

New design tool automatically creates nanostructure 3D-print templates for user-given colors
Scientists present work at prestigious SIGGRAPH conference

Most of the objects we see are colored by pigments, but using pigments has disadvantages: such colors can fade, industrial pigments are often toxic, and...

Im Focus: Unraveling the nature of 'whistlers' from space in the lab

A new study sheds light on how ultralow frequency radio waves and plasmas interact

Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles present new research on a curious cosmic phenomenon known as "whistlers" -- very low frequency packets...

Im Focus: New interactive machine learning tool makes car designs more aerodynamic

Scientists develop first tool to use machine learning methods to compute flow around interactively designable 3D objects. Tool will be presented at this year’s prestigious SIGGRAPH conference.

When engineers or designers want to test the aerodynamic properties of the newly designed shape of a car, airplane, or other object, they would normally model...

Im Focus: Robots as 'pump attendants': TU Graz develops robot-controlled rapid charging system for e-vehicles

Researchers from TU Graz and their industry partners have unveiled a world first: the prototype of a robot-controlled, high-speed combined charging system (CCS) for electric vehicles that enables series charging of cars in various parking positions.

Global demand for electric vehicles is forecast to rise sharply: by 2025, the number of new vehicle registrations is expected to reach 25 million per year....

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

LaserForum 2018 deals with 3D production of components

17.08.2018 | Event News

Within reach of the Universe

08.08.2018 | Event News

A journey through the history of microscopy – new exhibition opens at the MDC

27.07.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

A novel synthetic antibody enables conditional “protein knockdown” in vertebrates

20.08.2018 | Life Sciences

Metamolds: Molding a mold

20.08.2018 | Information Technology

It’s All in the Mix: Jülich Researchers are Developing Fast-Charging Solid-State Batteries

20.08.2018 | Power and Electrical Engineering

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>