ARENDAL – The North Sea should play a central role in the green transition, according to a new report prepared by four large Norwegian research centres (three of them led by SINTEF). The document was presented this week at Arendalsuka, an important stage for societal debate in Norway.
Carbon Capture, Transport & Storage (CCS) is a series of technologies and processes designed to help mitigate climate change. Capturing waste CO2 from industrial processes, transporting it in concentrated form and injecting it deep underground.
Why CCS Matters
The IPCC found that to meet the challenging targets of the Paris Agreement, global CO2 emissions must be reduced by 50-85 % by 2050. IEA findings say that to meet these targets, 14% of the total emissions reduction by 2060 must come from CCS.
Also, CCS is today also the only way to decarbonise some of the world's critical industrial sectors, including cement, metal production and waste incineration. This matters, because the global cement industry, for example, accounts for around 8% of CO2 emissions.
The storage capacity within the geological layers on the Norwegian continental shelf gives Norway great opportunities to create value and new green employment by realizing CCS.
Decades of CCS Research Experience
The recent announcement of the Longship project by the Norwegian government has brought the concept of CCS into the mainstream. Together with our partners at NTNU, SINTEF researchers have been working on CCS for decades.
Today, SINTEF conducts research on the whole value chain for CO2 capture, transport and storage.
CCS Research Expertise
SINTEF hosts the Norwegian CCS Research Centre (NCCS), a continuation of the successful BIGCCS research centre. NCCS aims to research solutions to key technical and cost challenges in order for us to fast-track the deployment of CCS at scale.
Our researchers work closely with both academics and industrial partners to ensure that quality scientific results can be successfully applied to industrial problems.
CCS Research Labs
SINTEF invests heavily in research infrastructure. From CO2 storage research at our Reservoir Lab to the world-class Multiphase Flow Lab, SINTEF offers many specialist research facilities relevant for CCS research.
SINTEF is a proud member of the ECCSEL network of European CCS research infrastructure. 11 relevant labs in Oslo and Trondheim are available as part of the pan-European distributed research infrastructure.