This work will be done through CO2Flow – a new innovation project owned by LedaFlow Technologies.
Accurate simulations will accelerate global deployment of CCS
Developing models for safely transporting and injecting CO2, both with and without impurities, will result in reduced design margins and investment costs related to CO2 transport and injection systems without compromising safety.
“CCS is a key technology for fulfilling the net-zero greenhouse gas emission targets by 2050. CO2Flow aims to advance the multiphase simulator LedaFlow, in order to produce robust and accurate simulations that will enable the safe and cost-efficient transport and injection of CO2,” said Grethe Tangen, senior research scientist at SINTEF and LedaFlow’s project manager.
Accurate simulations will also contribute to energy- and cost-efficient operations, and minimise associated operational risks. The project results will be commercialised by Kongsberg Digital, and can then be put into industrial use by the project’s partners, thereby accelerating the global deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
“The project will directly benefit from technology transfer and expertise on multiphase flow modelling developed at SINTEF’s Multiphase Flow Laboratory together with the oil and gas industry and LedaFlow over the past 20 years,” said Andrea Shmueli, research manager at SINTEF.
Vertical flow facility to provide modelling data
DeFACTO – Demonstration of Flow Assurance for CO2 Transport Options – circulates CO2 through a 90-metre-deep U-tube loop, which is instrumented with over 100 high-precision, fast-response pressure and temperature sensors, enabling it to measure pressure waves with a high degree of accuracy.
“It can operate at pressures ranging between 0 and 160 bar, which covers the typical range for CO2 injection in depleted reservoirs or aquifiers. These features enable DeFACTO to provide data relevant for full-scale CO2 injection,” said Francesco Finotti, senior business developer at SINTEF.
CO2Flow is supported by an industry consortium, the Research Council of Norway and CLIMIT, Norway’s national programme for the research, development and demonstration of CCS technology.