NCCS updated organisation

NCCS Board

  • NHO Tord Lien (Chair)
  • Aker Carbon Capture Jim Stian Olsen
  • Ansaldo Gerhard Früchtel
  • Equinor Ola Terjeson Miljeteig
  • Gassco Ola Nestaas
  • Norcem Per Brevik
  • NTNU Egil Tjåland
  • Oslo Kommune, Renovasjons- og gjenvinningsetaten Johnny Stuen
  • SINTEF Energy Research Nils A. Røkke - Bio
  • SINTEF Foundation Eli Aamot
  • TOTAL Clement Merat
  • University of Oslo Brit Lisa Skjelkvåle - Bio
  • Vår Energi Oddvar Ims
  • Lundin Energy Norway Bernt Rudjord
  • Wintershall Dea Norge Margarethe Kleczar

NCCS Operations Centre

Mona Mølnvik

Centre Director
+ 47 930 08 868
Name
Mona Mølnvik
Title
Centre Director
Organization
SINTEF Energy Research

Amy Brunsvold

Centre Manager
+ 47 930 02 419
Name
Amy Brunsvold
Title
Centre Manager
Organization
SINTEF Energy Research

Rune Aarlien

Centre Coordinator
+ 47 930 08 902
Name
Rune Aarlien
Title
Centre Coordinator
Organization
SINTEF Energy Research

Jon Magne Johansen

Senior Business Developer
+ 47 450 53 554
Name
Jon Magne Johansen
Title
Senior Business Developer
Organization
SINTEF Energy Research

Deployment Case Leaders

Inna Kim

Research Scientist
+ 47 982 83 924
Name
Inna Kim
Title
Research Scientist
Organization
SINTEF Industry

Grethe Tangen

Senior Research Scientist
+ 47 986 63 579
Name
Grethe Tangen
Title
Senior Research Scientist
Organization
SINTEF Industry

Academia 

Alvar Braathen

Professor
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Name
Alvar Braathen
Title
Professor
Organization
University of Oslo

James Dawson

Professor
+47 73593115
Name
James Dawson
Title
Professor
Organization
NTNU

Scientific Committee

The NCCS Scientific Committee (SC) comprises eight members from leading academic institutions in the fields of CO2 capture, transport and storage. Its mandate is to guide the scientific progress of the Centre and to comment on the overall scientific focus and direction of NCCS.

As part of its work the SC conducted a review of the 12 tasks in the NCCS in June 2019, and then fed the assessment back to the Centre. The SC also selects the winner of the annual Best Paper award.

The SC consists of:

  • Prof. Philip Ringrose, NTNU & Equinor, Norway (Chair)
  • Prof. Marco Mazzotti, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dr. Curtis M. Oldenburg, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Prof. Martin Trusler, Imperial College London, UK
  • Prof. Sally Benson, Stanford University, USA
  • Dr. Tip Meckel, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Dr. Ziqiu Xue, RITE Research Centre, Japan.

Technical Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is a body of NCCS’ governance structure with the main task to advice the Board on matters of special interest for the industry partners. Every industry partner has a representative in the TAC, and it is led by one of the industry partners (Equinor).

The committee's responsibility is to advise on the technical work and progress in the Centre, and to provide recommendations on the R&D profile and the direction of the research on behalf of each organization.

Leader of the TAC is Peter Zweigel, Equinor

The main input of the TAC to the work done in NCCS has been three-fold:

  • Key contributor in the yearly phase-gating process, where achievements so far are evaluated and input is given about which topics should be prioritized in future work. This has resulted in changes in scope and budget allocations for various Tasks.
  • Quality control, particular with respect to industrial relevance, of the Annual Work Plans (AWPs) of the technical Tasks.
  • Advice to the Board on the use of unallocated industrial funds. These funds have so far mainly been used to co-fund research projects largely funded by the Research Council of Norway, which complement research carried out in he NCCS Tasks.

The TAC members have already agreed to shift focus to more strategic level. This means that we will rather address the overall scientific and technological content of the centre and of the technical tasks. The detailed content of AWPs for each task will be the responsibility of the individual Task families (all partners involved in the Task); the TAC will only have a final check of consistency of the AWPs with the overall prior input given by the TAC.

The TAC has an ambition to increase its activities to ensure even more industrial relevance of the research carried out in NCCS. In 2020, we reviewed achievements so far and discuss strategic input to the shaping of the last half of the lifetime of this FME. New industry partners have joined NCCS, and it will be useful to include their ideas.

NCCS has already developed some promising technologies, but typically to low TRL levels. One important task for the TAC will be to advice on paths for maturation of selected technologies to higher TRL levels, with the ultimate goal to implement these technologies at industrial scale. Industrial application of knowledge and products developed in the centre is at the core of NCCS’ contribution to the energy transition. We industry partners have a strong interest - and responsibility – to support this important contribution.

Cooperation between partners

”Task families”

An industry-led centre is dependent on effective arenas and processes for cooperation with industry partners. An important and highly successful measure is the establishment of ”task families”. The task families include specialists from industry and research actors with interest in the topics addressed.

Through workshops, online meetings and webinars, all partners can contribute to technical discussions and influence the ambitions for next year’s work program. NCCS includes a number of industry companies and all are active contributors in one or more task families.

Consortium Days

The prime event in the NCCS calendar is the annual Consortium Days staged in fall. Here several representatives from all partners meet to review and discuss this year’s results. Due to pandemic restrictions, the 2020 Consortium Days were held online in November. The event attracted 130 participants, more than previous events held in person.

The Consortium Days events combine a mix of pitches from the tasks, extended presentations in plenum, posters, and breakout sessions to go even deeper into the technical results.

Webinars

Webinars have proven an effective tool to convey and discuss results from research activities. The benefit of not having to travel saves time and makes sharing of results more cost effective. The goal is for each research task to run at least one webinar per year.

The travel restrictions of 2020-21 saw NCCS double-down on webinars. A webinar series in October 2020 attracted 1,300 participants from around the world, exposing NCCS research to a whole new audience.