First awarding of funds for development of CO2 capture from industrial emissions
- Norcem receives support for test facility
The CLIMIT Programme Board has now awarded funding for the first project focusing on industrial emissions. – By including CO2 capture from industrial emissions, suppliers will see a bigger market and thereby the interest in CCS will increase. To develop new technology, we are totally dependent on the involvement of heavyweight industry players, so this is a major milestone, says the head of the CLIMIT secretariat, Vice-President Technology Klaus Schöffel of Gassnova SF.
− Industrial emissions and emissions from gas and especially coal-fired power plants have a lot in common. After CO2 has been captured, transport and storage of CO2 is performed the same way, independent of carbon source. Transport and storage of CO2 is source-neutral, Mr. Schöffel underlines.
Norway needs more big industry players to help advance technologies to commercial utilisation. There are several industrial plants in Norway with emissions in the order of 0.5 to 1.5 million t CO2 per year. The market for carbon-capture technology in Norway is thus going to grow. The extension of CLIMIT's mandate to also include industrial emissions was notified and approved by the ESA in autumn 2010. It is clearly expected that this extension will contribute to promoting the development of efficient technologies that can be used to treat a variety of industrial sources, and thereby also contribute to a more positive market development. We would like to wish Norcem and their parent company HeidelbergCement success with their work and welcome them as a player in the field of CCS.
The project CO2 capture test facility at Norcem's cement plant in Brevik is to assess the decision basis for investing in a test facility for post-combustion CO2 capture. The test facility will be located at Norcem's cement plant in Brevik. Cement production results in considerable emissions of CO2. In cooperation with the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA), Norcem and its owner HeidelbergCement Group will begin by testing CO2 capture technologies that could be relevant for the cement industry. This project is part of their joint strategy to determine a decision-making basis for their choice of CO2 capture technology. The project includes project maturing, leading up to an investment decision for a test facility for post-combustion CO2 capture. The entire facility will consist of between 1 and 3 test rigs, each with a capacity of 10,000 t CO2 per year. The rigs will be operated in parallel.
World-wide, the IEA has calculated that about one half of all CCS projects in 2020 should capture CO2 from other industrial emission sources than coal and gas-fired power plants. There is an obvious need to test CO2 capture from several different industrial sources, especially linked to varying flue gas composition. Thus, the project could develop into becoming an attractive test centre in Norway for the cement industry as well as for suppliers of CO2 capture technology, says Klaus Schöffel.
Contact persons :
Klaus Schöffel, Head of the CLIMIT secretariat, Vice-President Technology
Telephone +47 913 42 329 |
Anne Margrete Blaker, Media and Public Relations Manager
Telephone +47 941 62 142 |
For contact with Norcem and HeidelbergCement, please refer to their own press release, as well as to Per Brevik, Director Alternative fuels
Telephone +47 90970017 /
Facts about the CLIMIT programme
The objective of the CLIMIT programme is to accelerate the commercialisation of CCS by financial stimulation of research, development and demonstration.
The CLIMIT programme focuses on those priority areas in which Norway is qualified for making significant contributions. Thus, the programme will focus on:
- Providing long-term and broadly-based support to research and development within the scope of the programme’s priority areas.
- Contributing to piloting and demonstration of technology within the next 5 years. The first full-scale demonstration plants, which are to be built in 2015-20, will be based on this technology.
- Stimulating the development of new, “step change” technology that can be supported at pilot and demonstration scale after 2015.
- Contributing to the commercialisation of new, pioneering technology in the period after 2015-20.
Norcem, HeidelbergCement Group
Norcem AS develops, produces, markets and sells all types of cement to the building, construction and petroleum industry in Norway. The company has about 500 employees and is part of the cement and construction material group HeidelbergCement. Norcem AS is the only cement producer in Norway, and has many years of experience as an international cement supplier. Norcem operates two plants in Norway (in Brevik and Kjøpsvik), which are among the most modern plants in Europe, also regarding energy efficiency and emission levels.