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NCS C+ – The Norwegian Continental Shelf: A Driver for Climate-Positive Norway

NCS C+ aims to develop four climate-positive technologies that will help increase the pace of the green transition and remove large volumes of carbon dioxide and methane from the atmosphere.

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The removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere has been highlighted as a critical component of almost every path to achieving the goals set by the Paris Agreement, namely to limit an increase in global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

In order to support Norway and Europe’s climate-neutrality ambitions, NCS C+ will develop and mature four climate-positive technologies that will focus on removing large volumes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) and methane from the atmosphere. These four technologies are:

  1. Converting algae and/or waste bio-resources into hydrogen and/or heat with CCS,
  2. Removing CO2 from seawater,
  3. Removing CO2 from the air (often referred to as DAC), and
  4. Removing methane from the air.
NCS C+ paths towards a climate-positive society

NCS C+ paths towards a climate-positive society

In doing so, NCS C+ will leverage the Norwegian Continental Shelf’s assets to support the safe and cost-efficient implementation of these CO2 removal technologies, as well as their transport and storage.

The scientific results of NCS C+ will potentially contribute to increasing the momentum in Norway and Europe for carbon capture and storage (CCS), and provide the necessary context for climate-positive solutions. NCS C+ will create alternative paths that leverage CCS infrastructure in order to increase the reach of cost-effective, climate-positive value chains.

As a result, NCS C+ will help advance the pace of the green transition and change to a net-zero economy, as well as shift the existing atmospheric greenhouse gas levels.

NCS C+ brings together research actors in a consortium that will aim for excellence in innovation and research in order to achieve the full potential of these climate-positive technologies. The project is coordinated by SINTEF Energy Research, which will undertake the core research activities along with SINTEF Industry, SINTEF Ocean and University of Oslo (UiO). Several leading international universities, including the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft), the University of Alberta, and the KTH Royal Institute of Technologies, are also contributing to the project.

This project is associated with the Green Platform project “Carbon Links” (LINCCS), led by Aker Solutions.

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Project duration

2021 - 2025

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