15.11.2019, Trondheim – Mission Innovation published a report documenting recommendations for carbon, capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and establishing CCUS as an effective option to address climate challenges. The report lays out several recommendations that include implementing incentives for low CO2 value products that encourage consumers to buy low CO2 footprint products. This would enhance the business models and research and development (R&D) activities. Another recommendation was to implement policies and regulations that encourage hydrogen as a substitute for fossil fuels, while at the same time spurring the use of CO2. This will expand the hydrogen market beyond the present one.
The full report is available here.
Mission Innovation and SINTEF Research held a two-day workshop resulting in the recommendations for the report. 135 participants participated in the workshop and contributed to the CCUS Experts report. The participants focused on strengthening collaboration between industry sectors, research institutions, and the public and private sector. This was done by identifying research, development and innovation gaps of common interest in technologies at higher technology readiness level (TRL).
Co-organizer of the workshop (together with Brian Allison, BEIS, UK), Dr. Nils A. Røkke (EVP Sustainability SINTEF) says, “We need all solutions to reach our climate targets, especially with CCUS. Political recommendations must translate into research and industrial transformations, and only then will we achieve a sustainable future.”
The workshop continued the work from the Houston workshop (September 2017) on implementing and commercializing CCUS technologies. In the workshops the participants identified how to transfer early (low TRL) research activities to development and innovation activities (higher TRL) by developing recommended paths for emerging CCUS technologies and suggestions for new and joint activities.
The recommendations that were presented were based on six topics:
- Decarbonizing industry sectors
- The role of CCS in enabling clean hydrogen
- Storage and CO2 networks
- Storage monitoring
- Going climate positive
- CO2 utilization
During group work sessions, the participants addressed the following questions:
- Which opportunities are identified from an industrial point of view?
- How do we most effectively get from research to commercial product?
- What joint activities could be established to accelerate technology development and implementation?
The workshop was sponsored by The Norwegian Research Council, CLIMIT, TOTAL, Equinor ASA, Gassnova SF, SINTEF Research, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial (UK), and The Norwegian CCS Research Centre.