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SINTEF to lead NOK 500M gigaCCS R&D&I centre

SINTEF to lead NOK 500M gigaCCS R&D&I centre
SINTEF to lead NOK 500 million Research and Innovation Centre on Carbon Capture, Transport and Storage with FME gigaCCS (photo courtesy SINTEF).

In Norway, the Research Council of Norway has unveiled plans to invest NOK 180 million in gigaCCS, a ground-breaking research centre dedicated to carbon capture, transport, and storage technology.

gigaCCS” represents a pivotal step towards advancing Norway’s leadership in carbon capture and storage (CCS) expertise while contributing to the worldwide effort in combatting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

With an ambitious eight-year timeline spanning from 2025 to 2032, gigaCCS aims to build upon the successes of its predecessor, NCCS, to drive frontier research, foster innovation, and cultivate a new generation of CCS specialists.

The imperative for scaling up CCS deployment resonates globally.

CCS deployment at a gigatonne scale is vital for a just and sustainable transition to net-zero emissions, said Mona Mølnvik Research Director at SINTEF Energy Research and Director of the Norwegian CCS Research Centre (NCCS), who will also lead gigaCCS.

Collaborative approach

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), CCS stands as a “crucial” tool for achieving our climate targets, offering a pathway to decarbonize challenging sectors and facilitate negative-emission technologies.

gigaCCS will confront this challenge head-on by developing new, advanced technologies that enhance value and mitigate risk for industry and society.

As such, gigaCCS acts not only as an area for climate solutions but also as an engine for sustainable economic development.

By fostering collaboration between 43 R&D and industry partners, along with over 30 associated partners, gigaCCS ensures its research remains pertinent and impactful.

The Norwegian R&D partners include the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the University of Oslo (UiO), NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), the University in Bergen (UiB) and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI).

This collaborative approach accelerates the implementation of laboratory innovations into real-world applications, bolstering Norway’s competitive edge in global markets.

Promising news is coming from the CCS world. Shortly after the award of the centre, Norway signed a Memorandum of Understanding on CO2 transport and storage with Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands. The work that will be conducted through gigaCCS couldn’t be more relevant, said Mona Mølnvik.

Training and education

Beyond research, gigaCCS prioritizes education, aiming to train at least 28 PhD candidates and over 50 MSc and BSc students.

By integrating students into its core activities, gigaCCS not only shapes the next generation of industry professionals but also safeguards the future of CCS technology.

gigaCCS, hosted by SINTEF, represents the latest endeavour in the realm of Centres for Environment-Friendly Energy Research (FMEs), epitomizing targeted, long-term research efforts conducted at a high international standard.

With industry contributions accounting for at least one-third of its funding, gigaCCS is ready to make significant strides in the global fight against climate change.

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