The US and Norway have announced their
commitment to support the global carbon capture and storage
(CCS) test center network, the countries announced on
In a joint release, the two countries affirmed their
continued commitment to enhance the development of technologies
that will merge the need for reliable and cost efficient power
production with sustainable deployment at large scale to meet
the worlds growing demand for energy.
The announcement was made at the Carbon Sequestration
Leadership Forums (CSLF) Ministerial Meeting, an
international ministerial conference on carbon capture held
this week in Washington, DC.
Under the agreement, US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and
Norweigan Minister for Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien will
strengthen cooperation between the test centers for carbon
capture. The aim is to accelerate the development of
technologies that are needed to succeed.
The CCS Test Centre Network was first launched by the CO2
Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM, Norway), NCCC (US) and other
carbon capture test facilities in late 2012.
The eight founding members of the Test Centre Network are: CO2
Technology Centre Mongstad (Norway),
National Carbon Capture Center (Alabama, US),
Southern Companys CCS demonstration facility (Alabama,
US), J-Power (Japan), ENEL Engineering and Research (IT), E.ON
(Germany), DOOSAN Power Systems (UK) and SaskPower
(Canada). Membership in the network is open to any
large-scale CCS test centers.
The CCS Test Centre Network will be holding its first official
meeting on November 25, 2013, in Brussels. In the portfolio of
technologies needed, capture and use or storage of CO2 (CCS)
from large point sources will be key, along with renewables and
other measures to address climate and environmental concerns.
A number of countries are involved in addition to Norway
and US," said Dr. Moniz. "This provides enhanced technology
learning which is beneficial to many, a base of factual
evidence, increased awareness, acceptance and reduced
CCS is still at an early stage of commercial deployment, and
there is a need for enhanced testing at large scale of CCS
technology solutions worldwide in order to reduce cost, bridge
the gap between R&D and commercial deployment, and increase
confidence in the technology.
We have agreed to move the cooperation within carbon
capture to a new level," said Lien. "The pilot network will
contribute to the development of carbon capture, and ensure
that relevant technologies are adopted. In cooperation with our
international partners, Norway will work to enhance the
network. We also welcome other countries to join."
Lien stressed that carbon capture is one of several
actions that must be taken in order to reduce emissions from fossil fuels, and
that the technology being developed must be
adopted globally. This requires cross-border cooperation.
We all agree that we need to share ideas, knowledge and
experiences in order to find commercially viable solutions,"
said Lien. "Existing infrastructure must be utilized in an
efficient manner. We must learn as much as possible from each
other. This requires cooperation and joint efforts from the
industry, the research community and governments."
The network's stated goals are to:
provide enhanced technical learning and
confidence that can be beneficial for projects in applying more efficient
increase insight and awareness of
different technologies for relevant stakeholders that may
reduce risks and increase investments in CCS technology
provide a broader base of factual
evidence which can increase general transparency of CCS, and
thereby enhance public awareness and acceptance of the
increase the value of public and
private CCS research and technology investments through
increased sharing of lessons learned and results from parallel