4 June 2018. New ACT Call announced

More information is available here. 

There is a two stage application process:

Due date for submission of pre-proposals to stage 1 is 12 September 2018 at 13:00 CEST.
Due date for submission of full proposals to stage 2 is 1 March 2019 at 13:00 CET.

24 May 2018. Mission Innovation CCUS Challenge - Workshop Report released

25 - 28 september 2017 the Mission Innovation CCUS Challenge organised a workshop with international experts to discuss basic research and development (R&D) needs in CO2 capture, CO2 utilization, geologic storage, and cross-cutting CCUS topics. The experts agreed on the most critical scientific challenges associated with CCUS, and they established a set of Priority Research Directions (PRDs). The objective of the PRDs is to inspire research that has the potential to make a significant impact on CCUS technology performance.  The report includes 30 PRDs to guide future CCUS R&D and is available here.

15 May 2018. The Norwegian Government continues FEED studies for a full scale CCS chain.

Today the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy MPE presented its assessment of the full scale carbon capture, transport and storage (CCS) project in Norway. The Government proposes to fund FEED studies (Front End Engineering and Design studies) with 80 million NOK in 2018. The total funding for the demonstration project in 2018 amounts to 280 million NOK, including funds transferred from 2017. The proposed funds for 2018 will cover FEED studies of CO2 transport, storage and up to two capture facilities. 

The NORCEM cement plant at Brevik is considered to be most advanced and likely for implementation oc CCS of th three plants. The Government is offering Norcem, a subsidiary of Heidelberg Cement, state aid to study CO2-capture at Brevik. The Fortum Oslo Varme's original project seems to have greater implementation risks. These are related to, inter alia, the length of the pipeline, and public perception of having emissions of amines close to a city  The cost estimates are also considerably higher, compared to the other two. However, updated information is now being assessed. Following this assessment, the Government will consider whether to offer FOV support for FEED.

Continued studies on CO2-capture at Yara's ammonia plant at Herøya in Porsgrunn is not recommended. Yara's project has a smaller learning potential compared to the two others, and some uncertainties concerning the plant. Yara considers that it does not make sense industrially to continue the planning of their project.

Statoil, Total and Shell are cooperating on the studies of CO2-transport and storage, which will be continued as planned into FEED.  

For more, see MPE's press release.

February 2018. US Department of Energy Invests $44M in Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has selected seven projects to receive approximately $44 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development through the funding opportunity announcement, Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies. The following four projects were selected under Area of Interest 1, Scaling of Carbon Capture Technologies to Engineering Scales Using Existing Host Site Infrastructure and will test at the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM):

Scale-Up and Testing of Advanced Polaris Membrane CO2 Capture Technology – Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (MTR, Newark, CA)

Engineering-Scale Testing of Transformational Non-Aqueous Solvent-Based CO2 Capture Process at Technology Centre Mongstad – RTI International (Research Triangle Park, NC)

Engineering-Scale Demonstration of Mixed-Salt Process for CO2 Capture – SRI International (Menlo Park, CA)

Membrane-Sorbent Hybrid System for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture – TDA Research, Inc. (Wheat Ridge, CO).

More information here.

2 February 2018. U.S. Department of Energy Issues Notice of Intent for Funding Opportunities to Enhance Carbon Storage Efficiency and Safety

 The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have issued a Notice of Intent for a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects that will enhance carbon storage efficiency and safety. DE-FOA-0001826, Developing Technologies to Advance the Understanding of State of Stress and Geomechanical Impacts within the Subsurface, will support DOE’s Carbon Storage Program by developing technologies that improve storage efficiency and containment and reduce the risks associated with carbon storage operations.

The planned FOA focuses on two areas of interest (AOI):

Tools and Methods for Determining Maximum Principle Stress in the Deep Subsurface

Selected projects under this AOI will develop tools and methods for determining in-situ stress state in the deep subsurface, including the maximum principal stress, as well as the spatial variation, both laterally and vertically, of the magnitude and orientation of in-situ stress; and demonstrate reduced uncertainty of proposed methodologies for measuring in-situ stress compared to current state-of-the-art methods.

Geomechanical Methods for Understanding Impact of Vertical Pressure Migration during Injection

Selected projects under this AOI will predict, and compare with field observations, the temporal and spatial stress and pressure changes in the underburden which result from injection and the impacts related to these changes, including activation of difficult-to-resolve faults and the occurrence of seismic or aseismic slip.

Anticipated issuance is 21 February 2018. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data. No applications or concept papers will be accepted through the Notice of Intent, and all of the information it contains is subject to change.

Read the full Notice of Intent here.

3 December 2017. Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) launches new Technology Roadmap (TRM) and Task Force report on Offshore CO2-EOR. 

CSLF has launched the 2017 version of their Technology Roadmap. The new TRM includes for the first time quantitative targets, based on the 2 degree scenario (2DS) of the IEA Technology Perspectives 2017. It has also increased emphasis on CCS applied to industrial processes and the importance of clusters, hubs and infrastructure to bring the cost of CCS down.

CSLF also launched the report "Enabling Large-scale CCS using Offshore CO2 Utilization and Storage Infrastructure Developments", which gives status, examples, introduction of emerging technologies, monitoring, regulations review, and recommendations related to offshore CO2-EOR.

7 November 2017: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) awards $8 million  to assess offshore geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) and technology development in the Gulf of Mexico.

The new projects, operated by Southeast Regional Carbon Storage Partnership: Offshore Gulf of Mexico, and Offshore Gulf of Mexico Partnership for Carbon Storage—Resources and Technology Development—The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX), will focus on assembling the knowledge base required for secure, long-term, large-scale CO2 storage, with or without enhanced hydrocarbon recovery, and assessing technology-development needs (infrastructure, operational, monitoring), which differ from those onshore. 

1 November 2017. Two ISO standards on CCS launch in Norway.

The International Organisation for Standards (ISO) has recently published its first two standards in a series of CCS standards. The Norwegian launch took place at the Petroleum Directorate 1 November 2017. The two standards, ISO 27913:2016 Carbon dioxide capture, transportation and geological storage - Pipeline transportation systems, and ISO 27914:2017 Carbon dioxide capture, transportation and geological storage - Geological storage, are available for sale from ISO website.

27 October 2017: Two new storage projects selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy.

The US Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy announced two projects have been selected to receive approximately $4 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development for the safe storage of CO2 in geologic formations. Th proejcets are 

  • Integration of Seismic-Pressure-Petrophysics Inversion of Continuous Active-Source Seismic Monitoring Data for Monitoring and Quantifying CO2 Plume—The Pennsylvania State University
  • Joint Inversion of Time-Lapse Seismic Data—The University of North Dakota

More about the project awards here.

Ambitious plans for CCS in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in the run up to COP23. 

Recently,  the UK Government and the Dutch Government Coalition Agreement announced ambitious proposals for a target to reduce emissions. The UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, published October 12, 2017, recognises the crucial role of CCS technology will have to play in reducing CO2 emissions and laid out a vision for its large-scale deployment from 2030. In The Netherlands, the vision is to reduce emissions by 49% by 2030, going beyond the current EU target. The document, (see also a summary on the CATO homepage) published on 10th October, also outlines a key role for CCS, with a commitment to storing 20 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2030. This accounts for around 1/3 of the overall effort. Likewise,

The conference proceedings DOE NETL conferences 2017.

1) The conference proceedings the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2017  CO2 Capture Technology Project Review Meeting are now available here.

Researchers representing more than 50 of the active projects in the Carbon Capture Program’s project portfolio gave presentations covering their research and development (R&D) work in advanced solvents, sorbents, membranes, and CO2 compression for post- and pre-combustion projects that range from laboratory scale to large pilot-scale applications. An extensive session on CO2 reuse provided updates on 10 projects in this area, while presentations about Systems Studies and Modeling provided attendees with updates on CO2 capture-related systems analysis activities. Presentations  also provided insight into carbon capture projects and technology development in Norway (CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad) and Australia; a global perspective on the status of carbon capture by  the International Energy Agency, as well as an update on the International Test Center Network. 

2) The conference proceedings from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2017 Mastering the Subsurface through Technology Innovation, Partnerships and Collaboration: Carbon Storage and Oil and Natural Gas Technologies Review Meeting are now available here

This meeting included three days of plenaries with technical updates from the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership’s large-scale field projects, as well as from other domestic and international subsurface research efforts, both onshore and offshore. Parallel technical sessions covered research from infrastructure projects; geologic storage projects; monitoring, verification and accounting projects; simulation and risk assessment projects; and CO2 use/re-use projects. It also included interactive poster sessions Interactive poster sessions

MISSION INNOVATION (MI)

25 - 29 SEPTEMBER 2017. MISSION INNOVATION WORKSHOP ON CCUS PRIORITY RESEARH DIRECTIONS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLTETED IN HOUSTON, TEXAS

Mission Innovation CCUS Experts’ workshop took place in Houston, Texas, USA, 25 – 29 September 2017. For information on Mission Innovation (MI), see their web-site for general information and on the CCUS Challenge.
The workshop was organized by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, part of the US Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, who has prepared information on background and organization of the workshop.

 
The workshop was by all accounts a successful meeting.  A few event statistics:
- Over 700 invitations were sent out
- 257 people attended the workshop, with over 200 researchers, including 17 persons from Norway
- 22 countries and the EC were represented
- 78 people attended the tour of the Net Power and Petra Nova facilities on Monday
- More than 12 parallel panel discussions.
The workshop had three focus areas, capture, utilisation, and storage, which were all divided into four panels. In addition, there was one panel for crosscutting themes. The panels were:

CO2 Capture:
1. Solvents
2. Sorbents and Looping Systems
3. Membranes
4. Combustion and Other Technologies
CO2 Utilisation
1. Thermochemical Conversion and Hydrogenation of CO2
2. Electrochemical and Photochemical Conversion of CO2
3. CO2 Conversion to Solid Carbonates
4. Biological Conversion of CO2
CO2 Storage
1. Injectivity and Capacity
2. Monitoring, Verification and Performance Metrics
3. Forecasting and Managing Induced Seismicity
4. Well Diagnostics
Crosscut

The panels worked three days to identify and describe two or three Priority Research Directions (PDRs) each, except  Crosscut, that ended up with three PRDs. The fourth day was used for writing up the PRDs and a panel report.
All panels were highly dedicated, often times working late into the evenings on their topics.  Most participants had submitted thoughts on PRDs up front. The level of commitment was exceptional, and it was noted that we should build on the network created and momentum from this meeting for our future activities.
It is the intention to publish a press release regarding the workshop, and will work to have a press release on the main MI website. The report is scheduled for release in early 2018. It also planned to develop a standard presentation to be used after the report is published so that the results can be discussed in a standard manner, as well as a brochure that includes a summary for policy makers.
The workshop was related to low Technology readiness Levels, i.e. TRL 1-3 or 4. The report will not be a roadmap with activities to be done but rather an inspirational document for multidisciplinary research teams to develop new understand and technologies.
There are several other initiatives and organisations that deal with CCUS , such as IEA, IEAGHG, CSLF, ACT, and the Cklean Energy Misisterial(CEM). Possible coordination and interaction between some of these was a topic for discussions in meeting rooms and the corridors.

02 June 2016. At the first Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial, MI members announced baseline and doubling commitments, with 16 countries listing CCS as a core technology.

THE CO2 STORAGE DATA CONSORTIUM (CSDC)

THE CO2 STORAGE DATA CONSORTIUM (CSDC) invites scientists and organisations holding CO2 storage data or otherwise active in CO2 storage to make contact. The CSDC is a new international network aimed at promoting data sharing from pioneering CO2 storage projects in order to accelerate innovation and deployment of CCS. The initiative was launched during GHGT-13 and the aim of the event was to explain the objectives of CSDC and to gain feedback from potential participants. CSDC was also presented at the US-Norway bilateral side event following the CLIMIT Summit in Oslo, Norway March 8, 2017. The CSDC Secretariat can be contacted at <grethe.tangen@sintef.no>. 

CLIMIT SUMMIT

8 MARCH 2017. SUCCESSFUL SIDE EVENT AT THE CLIMIT SUMMIT IN OSLO. The CLIMIT Summit in Oslo 7 - 8 march 2017 was followed by a side event where researchers from USA and Norway presented present and potential future collaboration within CCUS. For more, take a look at the summary and presentations. 

ENGLISH VERSION OF THE NORWEGIAN FEASIBILITY STUDY ON FULL SCALE CCS IN NORWAY CAN BE FOUND HERE