Task 6 investigates how to best integrate the capture process in the CCS value chain. A generic methodology for post-combustion CO2 capture in waste to energy plants will be developed. The methodology will be used to redesign plants so they can support flexibility between heat (steam) and electricity output. The task will also develop a systematic approach to link solvent properties and cost reduction in end-of-pipe CO2 capture.

The first stage of the CCS value chain is to capture the CO2. In this Task we will investigate how to best integrate the capture process in the value chain.

We will be developing a generic methodology for waste to energy (WtE) plants with post-combustion CO2 capture. (This links the Task to Deployment Case 1). The methodology will be used to redesign plants so they can support flexibility between heat (steam) and electricity output.

The Task will develop a systematic approach to link solvent properties (read more about its relevance to CCS in Task 2) and cost reduction in end-of-pipe CO2 capture.

At least three reference cases for CO2 emission sources will be established in cooperation with industry partners. We will also establish contact with NETL  and DOE  to conduct joint research on methodologies for identifying breakthrough CO2 capture technologies.

Results 2020

The Norwegian and European process industry sees CCS as one of the key technologies to lower or even eliminate their CO2 emissions. At EU level, the perception of CCS has moved from "something that could be used if" to "a needed tool for jobs and climate change mitigation". An extension of the Longship project must include CCS from industrial sectors in Norway and the EU. This year's activity within involved the establishment of a dialog with process industry in Norway and Europe by organizing and hosting workshops and an Innovation Sprint in collaboration with other projects. In addition, two webinars hosted by NCCS were held around this topic:

  • Aligning European CCUS funding and R&I strategies, by Dr. Marie Bysbeen
  • Potential and challenges for CO2 capture integration in process industries, by Dr. Rubén M. Montañés

 Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plants play an essential role today as advanced waste management facilities. They provide energy recovery and produce heat and/or power. However, they also result in CO2 emissions from the combustion process of the MSW we generate. CCS from WtE can provide negative emissions due to the biogenic origin of a fraction of the MSW. A key activity in R&D is the integration of new generation capture technologies for reduced cost of capture. Calcium Looping is a high potential next generation capture technology currently at Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL6). Task 6 conducted systematic Calcium Looping Integration in WtE Plants and a techno-economic assessment. We discovered a potential for 30% reduced total cost of capture with respect to baseline mature technology using amines. This could potentially help CCS implementation in WtE towards 2030 and 2050. In addition, a potential new business case and role for WtE plants with CCS in sustainable cities: since Waste to Energy plants could provide negative emissions. The results of the work were published in 2020 in collaboration with TU Darmstad.

LCOE and CAC for the WtE plant with CO2 Capture
LCOE and CAC for the WtE plant with CO2 Capture

Hybrid CO2 capture technologies can significantly reduce the cost of capture by integrating technologies that are best-in-class within a subset of the overall expected operating range. This year we explored the potential of membrane chemical absorption technologies. We improved and updated our process models for membranes and chemical absorption using solvents. We studied how modular CO2 enrichment membrane process for standardised absorption processes because it has potential reductions in capture cost compared to end-of-pipe CO2 capture with chemical absorption. The membrane module enables to have a standardise absorption process by producing a permeate product with a fixed CO2 purity. This hybrid system was able to achieve significant savings in the capital cost of the absorption process. Nevertheless, the large increase in electricity consumption and the capital cost of the membrane module dilutes the cost savings from the standardisation, resulting in a larger CO2 avoided cost of the hybrid system compared to the standalone absorption process. The potential of the membrane assisted absorption process can be improved by proper selection of membrane characteristics and operating conditions, which will require thorough cost optimisation of the hybrid system.

Membrane-absorption hybrid system layout.
Membrane-absorption hybrid system layout.

Haaf M. et al. 2020. CO2 Capture from waste-to-energy plants: Techno-economic assessment of novel integration concepts of calcium looping technology. Resources, Conservation & Recycling. (2020) 162, 104973. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.104973


Main results 2019

CO2 capture from Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plants is receiving significant attention due to its potential contribution to negative emissions and its role within the context of sustainable cities.

Process integration of Calcium Looping (CaL) in a WtE plant was studied. Results showed the benefit of CaL process compared to MEA or other solvents for post-combustion capture for WtE plants, particularly with an emphasis on negative emissions.

Techno-economics of the WtE plant indicate that it is important to consider capture technologies with low energy penalties for capture with trade-off of having much higher CAPEX. While this is generally true of most post-combustion capture applications, it is emphasised in the case of CO2 capture from WtE plants.

The techno-economic analysis of the WtE plant have provided significant insights on the potential role of WtE plants with CCS being a competitive player in the Negative Emission Technology (NET) arena. This could help drive the business case for CCS in this sector.

Hybrid CO2 capture technologies can significantly reduce the cost of capture by integrating technologies that are best-in-class within a subset of the overall expected operating range. Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) is a suitable technology for bulk removal of CO2 while the liquefaction process is very good for CO2 purification. The PSA-Liquefaction hybrid process is a good option compared to PSA process for certain niche applications with sorbents that have high productivity and low selectivity. Identified PSA-Liquefaction process niche that has a potential to reduce the cost of post-combustion CO2 capture using adsorbents.

Upper left: Levelised cost of electricity of the WtE plant without and with CaL dependent on the CO2 emission credit. Right: Impact of scale and CO2 concentration on cost of CO2 capture cost using MEA.

Results 2018

Main Results

  • Initiated development of a methodology for identifying the potential for cost reduction in end-of-pipe capture using solvents. An absorber model was developed as part of this work in 2018.
  • Preliminary work on identifying the potential of different capture process routes – membranes, PSA, absorption and CO2 liquefaction. Identified that for pressure-based separation processes (membranes and PSA) using a hybrid membrane-liquefaction or hybrid PSA-liquefaction process should always be better than a 2-stage process.

Impact and innovations

  • The methodology for cost reduction is in its initial phase of development. When completed it is expected to provide directions for potential cost reduction when using solvents for post-combustion CO2 capture.
  • The basis for a subsequent thermodynamic evaluation of capture processes has been established. In subsequent years, with development of this methodology, it is expected to identify novel processes, configurations and identify improvements in standard capture processes through thermodynamic insights.

Results 2017

Three main activities have been undertaken. One of these was to develop reference cases that would provide a benchmark to identify the potential of technologies developed during the course of NCCS.

Two reference CCS chains were selected and defined in discussions with partners, assessed and evaluated in collaboration with Task 1:

  • CCS from a natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) power plant
  • CCS from a hydrogen production plant

For the NGCC reference plant, the widely used European Benchmarking Task Force (EBTF) reference case was updated with an H class gas turbine. The overall NGCC plant efficiency with CO2 capture was 54.5% compared to 49.5% in the EBTF reference case, and the efficiency penalty for CO2 capture was 7.5 %-points compared to 8.6 %-points in the EBTF case.

Another activity was to develop an energy integration model to provide insight on how to integrate CO2 capture to a waste-to-energy plant. The Klemetsrud plant will be used as a case study. A framework for energy optimization of the plant with CO2 capture was established.


Conference Publications


  • CO2 capture from waste to energy plants: Technoeconomic assessment of novel integration concepts of calcium looping technology - L. Riboldi, R. Anantharaman.TCCS-10 conference, Trondheim, Norway
  • PSA-liquefaction process - An evaluation on the potential of a hybrid separation technology -  M. Haaf, R. Anantharaman, S. Roussanaly, J. Strohle, B. Epple. TCCS-10 conference, Trondheim, Norway
  • On the potential of a hybrid PSA-liquefaction process for post-combustion CO2 capture - L. Riboldi, R. Anantharaman. PCCC-5 conference, Kyoto, Japan
  • Energy and cost performances baseline of MEA-based CO2 Capture - C. Fu, S. Roussanaly, S. Gardarsdottir, R. Anantharaman. PCCC-5 conference, Kyoto, Japan

Task leader

Marie Bysveen

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Marie Bysveen
Chief Market Developer
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Thermal Energy