These days some long awaited good news in the world of carbon capture and storage is coming along in Norway.
Norcem ovn (TU)
The CO2 capture test project that Heidelberg Cement/Norcem started spring 2013, has recently been accepted to prolong their research till 2016. The cement production stands for 5% of the CO2 emissions worldwide. It is therefore good news that the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) and Norcem are successfull frontrunners in the development of the mitigation technology on cement factories. The project in Brevik, Norway, capturing 10 000 tonnes CO2 a year, is testing four different technologies and Norcem reports that the results so far are even better than anticipated. The project is funded by the Norwegian state by 75% and is seeking to upscale and develop the whole chain of CCS, if further funded and if the state takes responsibility for developing the storage part.
In Kollsnes, near Bergen, EnPro is developing a facility which will use CO2 from the exhaust at the BKK gas power plant, to make soda ash. The soda can for example be used for soap, glass and paper. The Norwegian public enterprise Enova is funding the project with 40 million kroner, and EnPro are these days preparing the area where the facility will be built. Kollsnes BKK is producing power and heat based on waste gas from Gasnor's LNG plant. The CO2 emission is just over 30.000 tonnes per year. To use CO2 for different products can be a way of reducing emissions connected to fossil energy and industry, especially if it is further developed and even stored at the end of a life syclus. Projects like this are, in this context, very valuable.