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Carbon Capture and Storage

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Background

Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) is a key element in decarbonising the power and energy intensive industry sector and thus reducing anthropogenic CO2 emissions. The CCS Joint Programme (JP) is dedicated to reaching the globally agreed objectives identified as necessary enablers for large scale deployment of CCS:

  • Cost competitive and energy efficient CO2 capture methods and processes;
  • Efficient, permanent and cost-effective storage; and
  • Effective design and operation of CO2 transport systems.

The CCS-JP was officially launched at the SET-Plan Conference in Brussels in November 2010.

JP Carbon Capture and Storage –visions and objectives

The JP’s vision is to be the European authority on CCS Research, development and innovation. The CCS JP provides coherence and strategic leadership to its excellent, but dispersed, energy research capabilities. The CCS JP is coordinating both national and European R&I programmes to maximise synergies, facilitate knowledge sharing and deliver economies of scale to accelerate the development of CCS.

Current and future activities:

The CCS-JP has begun to define and execute joint projects, including a new CO2 transport sub programme. The CCS-JP has officially joined the European Industrial Initiative (EII)-CCS team and is a member of the CCS Project Network Advisory Forum. It has also established a close cooperation with the European CCS Research Infrastructure project ECCSEL under the auspieces of ESFRI and cooperates with the European Zero Emissions Technology Platform (ZEP). The CCS JP has contributed extensively to the SET Plan Integrated Roadmap. A Strategic Research Agenda is being developed which will provide a consistent priority plan for R&I and infrastructure needs, as well as ongoing support for CCS in H2020. The CCS JP is supported via a small membership fee. The contributions from the participants and the host participants of the Management Board are substantial in the commitment of work the EERA CCS JP is performing. Additionally, the EERA CCS JP is building collaborations outside Europe, for example by participating in workshops and fact finding missions facilitated by the European Commission .

Structure

The Joint Programme is structured in three sub-programmes:

  • SP1: CO2 capture
    Coordinated by Jan Hopman (TNO),jan.hopman@tno.nl
    The CO2 capture sub-programme is organised in four areas:

    • Post-combustion capture
    • Pre-combustion  capture
    • Oxyfuel capturre
    • Cross-cutting issues
  • SP2: CO2 storage
    Coordinated by Jonathan Pearce (BGS), jmpe@bgs.ac.uk
    The CO2 storage sub-programme is organised in three areas :

    • Monitoring
    • Static modelling
    • Dynamic modelling
  • SP3: Transport
    Coordinated by Hannah Chalmers (University of Edinburgh), hannah.chalmers@ed.ac.uk
    The Transport sub-programme is organised in three areas:

    • CO2 pipeline transport and integrity
    • Shipping of Co2
    • Cross-cutting issues in CO2 transport systems (e.g. benchmarking and risk assessment)

For further information about the Joint Programme please visit the EERA JP CCS webpage

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