The program specifically focuses on capturing CO2 from process plants and power stations. It aims to develop better, more-cost-effective processes and chemicals to manage emissions from these facilities. Aker and SINTEF already have cooperated on amine-based solutions for carbon capture; one of these solutions is ready for commercialization. Phase one of the program will evaluate other amine solutions being developed by the two groups.
Laboratory Site: White building on left (a rendering) at SINTEF complex in Trondheim will house pilot units. Source: SINTEF.
“We have a clear goal to bring the cost of CO2 capture and cleansing down significantly. In phase two and three of SOLVit, the parties will try to introduce new chemical solutions and elements to the process in order to generate cost cuts. The aim is to come up with a process facility for CO2-capture that can operate on half the energy consumption of today’s processes,” notes Roger Bjerkestrand, chief executive of Aker Clean Carbon.
As part of the program, the partners are building a new laboratory at the SINTEF site in Trondheim (Figure 1).