National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), an energy research laboratory owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), has awarded eight companies funds for further detailed planning of their respective CO2 capture technologies in large-scale pilot testing.
Three of these will be tested at TCM if everything goes according to plan.
The DOE plans to test USD 130 million worth of technologies. Phase 2 allocations for the construction of facilities and implementation of the actual tests are expected to start in mid-2016.
"This is really good news for TCM. We are very pleased that the close collaboration between the US and Norway in the energy field has now resulted in these specific awards, which will bring leading technologies and companies to TCM. We are impressed by the technological developments we see in our American partners, and are confident that they will benefit from TCM's unique qualities," says Tore Amundsen, CEO of Gassnova.
If GE, the UoK and Alstom progress from Phase 1, testing will be conducted in both the amine and CAP facilities at TCM from 2017/2018.
In the United States, these NETL-funded technological developments fit with President Obama's recently announced Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from electrical power generation by 32 per cent within 15 years.
If effect since 2004, the Norway-US partnership in CO2-related research is now materialising in jointly funded test projects for which the American technology industry will utilise the world's leading test centre at Mongstad; TCM. The Norwegian Government launched its CCS strategy in the autumn of 2014. International technological collaboration is a key element of the strategy.
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