TCM provides opportunities for new research and development

  Hugo Ryvik
On the seventh of May the world's leading centre for testing and developing carbon capture technologies, TCM, opened at Mongstad. It represents an important learning arena with great relevance to CLIMIT.
CO2 Technology Center TCM Mongstad

​​Published: 16 June 2012

"Much new research will emerge from the Technology Centre at Mongstad. I expect greater involvement from CLIMIT in research and development activities related to TCM," says Klaus Schöffel, head of the CLIMIT Secretariat and Director of Technology and Expertise in Gassnova SF.
He points out that TCM plays an important part in technological development. A test facility like this provides conditions approaching those of a full-scale plant, with operational data from real processes. This means that process models can be further developed and refined. 

(Klaus Schöffel, Elizabeth Aune and Kjersti Tegdal Løver)

Klaus Schöffel explains the functionality of the CO2 Technology Centre to two colleagues, Elizabeth Aune and Kjersti Tegdal Løver. Photo: Liv Lønne Dille

Covers the entire chain

CLIMIT is a unique range of instruments that is integrated in the entire chain from early research via pilots to demonstration. The programme has already invested in projects where the results are being implemented at Technology Centre Mongstad. One example is the large SolveIt programme where Aker Clean Carbon, one of TCM's technology providers, has developed new solvents together with SINTEF. These solvents will be tested at TCM.

"This is a concrete example of where CLIMIT is already linked to TCM," says Schöffel.

Commissioned research

He points out that in connection with the test work at TCM there will be a need for commissioned research within, for example, environmental technology and the development of emission measurements. With two different post-combustion technologies from Alstom and Aker Clean Carbon, and two different types of emission gases, there is considerable scope for new research and development going forward.
Material use in the process is an example of areas where much can be done with respect to corrosion and compatibility with various solvents and flue gas compositions, etc. The materials are subjected to specific, real-world operating conditions.
Another example is what happens when the load changes during start-up and shut down of the facility.
"This is where we get into dynamic modelling," says Schöffel. 

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The CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad seen from the air. To the left is the chilled ammonia plant and to the right the amine plant. Photo: TCM


Room for more

The test centre site has a vacant lot with access to good infrastructure for testing. Here, Schöffel envisions the establishment of a pilot plant smaller than the other two.
"This can easily emerge from the CLIMIT programme, which has more energy-efficient carbon capture and storage as an important goal. Then we can look at new, cutting-edge technologies for carbon capture and storage, which CLIMIT focuses on."

Great interest

The day after the opening of TCM, 8 May, Gassnova and the Global CCS Institute held a technology seminar with 220 participants. This was followed by two days of meetings by the executive committee of the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme.
The great interest in the opening of TCM and subsequent activities shows how important the facility is, also on an international scale, says Schöffel. People came from Australia, Korea, Japan, the U.S. and EU countries.

Guests included Günther Oettingen, EU energy commissioner, Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute (GCCSI).

"Leading people from around the world gathered in Bergen. Many said that TCM is an important contribution," says Schöffel.

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