NCCS Innovation

Maximising impact from research is an important task for the Norwegian CCS Research Centre (NCCS). As such, the potential impact should be monitored to help ensure research effort is directed in the most effective way.

Goals of NCCS Innovation

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  • Fulfill the commercial ambitions and needs of industry and society, while maximizing innovation in deployment cases.
  • Establish a targeted spin-off programme for the execution phase of innovation processes and their faster adoption.
  • Establish new research projects within topics where knowledge gaps are identified.
  • As part of the innovation process, design a comprehensive IP strategy.

Innovations in NCCS

Innovation may be defined as a product, a technology, a component, a process, a model, a concept, an experimental facility, or a service that is new or significantly improved with respect to properties, technical specifications, or ease of use.

The image below illustrates some of the NCCS innovations identified to date, along with their positioning on the Technology Readiness Level scale:

Illustration showing the TRL level of a number of NCCS innovations

NCCS Impact Studies

Maximising impact from our research is an important task for NCCS. In the NCCS impact studies, we have evaluated the 12 research tasks and assessed the potential impact of the research and innovation assuming that the research is successful.

Impact can be measured along several axes, such as reduced emissions, economic impact (increased value creation, saved costs), improved decision making, saved energy, and industrial potential. The study illustrates how the research and expected innovations will impact CCS chains and society when applied. The reference system is the envisaged CCS network in Europe by 2030.

Research within CO2 capture, transport and storage is multi-disciplinary and covers a wide range of topics. Consequently, the outcomes have different characteristics with respect to type of innovation, maturity and applicability in the CCS chain. The innovations covered in this study mainly fall under four categories: 1) new technology, 2) models and calculation tools, 3) new methods, and 4) new standards and guidelines.

Read more: The Impact of NCCS Research & Innovations

You can read more about the results of the Impact Study during 2020 in the 2020 Annual Report.

FME Innovation Task Force

In January 2018, SINTEF and NTNU established an "FME Innovation Task Force", with the ambition of strengthening the work considering innovation and innovative output from all the FMEs that SINTEF and/or NTNU lead: NCCS, HighEFF, Cineldi, HydroCEN, and ZEN.

The Task Force had members who had the most experience in the area from working with the FMEs, and the group was led by the NCCS ITT Task leader. The objective of the Task Force was to gather the best experiences from working with innovation on the FMEs, to give advice and best practices for all of the FMEs to learn from.

The work resulted in a short report, followed up in 2019 with the establishment of an "Innovation manager forum" led by FME ZEN. The ambition of the forum is to share knowledge and experience from innovation processes in the FMEs, and to establish common routines and "language" on the topic.