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LINCCS: Carbon Links

Carbon Links (LINCCS) - Linking large-scale, cost-effective, permanent offshore storage across the value chain.

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SINTEF will bring its multidisciplinary competence and extensive CO2 thermodynamic expertise to assist in the design of cost-efficient CO2 transport and injection systems for LINCCS, an industry-led Green Platform innovation project supported by the Norwegian Research Council.

LINCCS is an ambitious undertaking with broad industrial support that will curtail carbon emissions by over 100 million tonnes per year, generate over NOK 8 billion/year, employment for over 1,000 people and an export potential estimated at around NOK 5 billion per year by 2030.

Accelerating CCS technologies with existing competence

It will do so by accelerating the deployment of innovative CCS technologies at scale, connecting the missing links between capital and opportunities, and propelling Norway at the forefront of the fight against climate change by linking large scale, cost-effective, permanent offshore storage across the value chain while leveraging one of its major competitive strengths: the competencies developed on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

LINCCS will take the Northern Lights storage project further by providing the platform to foster innovation and value creation linking the CCS value chain, at a much faster pace than would be possible by individual actors.

Specifically, LINCCS will support carbon capture solutions for the maritime sector and enable repurposing existing offshore installations, competencies, and technologies to new, sustainable business opportunities in line with the EU taxonomy.

Innovative technologies and business models for repurposing existing assets over a longer time span, such as algae farming, and other Carbon Dioxide Removal technologies are explored in the attached KSP.

Norway's Green Platform

LINCCCS is a Norwegian Green Platform innovation project. The Green Platform Initiative provides funding for enterprises and research institutes engaged in green growth and restructuring driven by research and innovation.

The Government wishes to use the Green Platform Initiative to stimulate bigger and more rapid investments from companies in green sustainable solutions and products. That will strengthen Norwegian exports and value creation and enable us to implement the green transition and create green growth. It will also make Norwegian companies and research institutions better equipped to exploit the opportunities provided by the EU’s Green Deal initiative, which is part of the research and innovation programme Horizon Europe.

The objective is to trigger opportunities for green value creation through major projects. They should comprise the whole value chain from research and knowledge production to testing, commercialisation and industrialisation of sustainable, green products and services.

The LINCCS project consortium

LINCCS collects influential industrial actors working on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) with the knowledge, financial and operational capacity to fast-track commercially viable climate solutions, sharing the purpose to lead the green transition and accelerate the deployment of CCS.

The balance of R&D (SINTEF Industry, Energy and Ocean), technology developers (Aker Solutions, Aize, Cognite) and end-users, both from the Oil&Gas and from the maritime sector (Equinor, Lundin, TotalEnergies, Wintershall, Vår Energi, Wärtsilä) is uniquely suited to fulfil the ambitions of the Green Platform and the European Green Deal, while fostering value creation for both Norway and Europe.

Aker Solutions will take overall leadership of LINCCS and one sub-project, while Equinor, Wärtsilä and Lundin will each lead a sub-project. Cognite, Aize, AGR and OpenGoSim will assist in developing digital tools to support the planned innovations and SINTEF will be the preferred research partner. The end users will provide the customer perspective required to develop innovations that can be commercially deployed.

Key Factors

Project duration

2021 - 2024

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