Collaboration and knowledge sharing

collaboration; Knowledge sharing; TCM Edited: 22092014
Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) is an arena for development, testing and qualification of CO2 capture technologies.

​From the TCM Lab.

Photo: Helge Hansen

Via Gassnova, one of the state’s goals is to disseminate experience from TCM to decrease the costs and risks of CO2 capture.

TCM is in itself an arena for collaboration and exchange of experience.

TCM is organized as a partnership where all partners – Gassnova, Statoil, Shell and Sasol – have access to the same information.

This is valuable to Statoil, Shell and Sasol because it means that they receive first-hand access to knowledge that could potentially reduce their risks and costs in other and future CCS projects.

Building and operating an industrial facility like TCM is complicated and demanding because there are not many comparable facilities. Much of the experience gained from TCM is transferable and may help close knowledge gaps about the challenges relating to CO2 capture. The state and Gassnova aim to make most of the information from TCM available.

TCM helps to spread knowledge about CO2 capture by presenting results at international conferences, receiving visitors from around the world and releasing publications in professional forums. TCM has garnered considerable attention in international media.

Enhanced cooperation and test center network

In addition to cooperation within the partnership and with technology providers, TCM is working actively to establish cooperation with companies and institutions involved in the development of CO2 capture technology. TCM currently works with SINTEF, the University of Oslo, Christian Michelsen Institute, Institute for Energy Technology, Tel-Tek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Texas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of Bergen.

TCM has also taken the initiative to form a global knowledge-sharing network for large test centres for CO2 capture. TCM's initiative is important as international cooperation and information exchange will ensure faster progress in the CCS field. Last autumn, Norwegian and U.S. authorities agreed to cover the network's administrative expenses for the first four years, and the two countries will hold the chair for two years each.

In addition to TCM, the network is comprised of the U.S. NCCC/Southern Company, Canada's SaskPower, Italy's ENEL and Germany's E.ON. Two meetings have been held so far. TCM is in contact with several other companies from South Korea, Poland, France and Italy about possible participation. The purpose of the network is to share knowledge to accelerate the development of CCS technologies. The network will ensure that CCS development is increasingly harmonised, and that participants arrive at common industry standards, share "best practices" and develop certification solutions. Since it is taking longer to adopt CCS than previously expected, it is also important not to lose accumulated knowledge.

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