A new CO2 research and development facility at the research institute SINTEF in Norway opened on April 29th. The new test facility aims to develop more effective carbon capture solvents.
The new facility will be used for scientific research on chemical capturing of CO2 from flue gases such as those emitted from power plants.
Solvents are the most mature technology for carbon capture today, and is therefore likely to be used in the first full scale CO2 capture plants.
About $7.2 million (NOK 45 million) has been invested in the new, 11 floor-tall building outside Trondheim in Norway.
The new facility at SINTEF will contribute to develop technology that is being tested at the European CO2 Technology Centre at Mongstad, which is under construction and where Aker Clean Carbon is one of the technology providers.
Scientists from SINTEF and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) will study chemical CO2-capture in a realistic, near-industrial environment in the new test facility, with the same equipment that is being used in full, industrial scale plants.
”The facility will help make the process cheaper and result in processes that do not have any harmful emissions to the environment,” says Nils A. Røkke, director for climate technology at SINTEF.
The test facility has been built as part of SOLVit, an eight-year R&D program by SINTEF, the NTNU University and Aker Clean Carbon, to develop more effective carbon capture solvents and solutions.
SOLVit is a $48 million (NOK 300 million)-plus program with additional financial Norwegian authorities and the industrial partners Scottish Power, E.ON and Statkraft.