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DECARBit project

Brief description:


DECARBit unites 21 partners from 10 European countries to fast track the development of pre-combustion capture technologies


Project type: Capture

Scale: Small

Status: Identified

Year of operation 2008
Industry: Coal Power Plant
Gas Power Plant
Oil Power Plant

Capture method: Pre-combustion

Transport of CO2 by: none

Type of storage: Not decided


The DECARBit project links 21 partners from 10 European countries to fast track the development of pre-combustion carbon capture technologies for fossil fuel power plants – from experimental to full pilot testing stages.

The venture aims to support the creation of large-scale CCS plants within a European context, contributing to the European Union’s target to reduce GHG emissions by 30% by 2020, and aiming for zero emissions at a cost of less than €15 per tonne. It is also exploring the potential use of capture technologies within other energy-intensive industries.

There are five key sub-projects which together explore the technological and economical viability of advanced pre-combustion CO2 separation methods. For example, as part of the overall project, IFP Energies Nouvelles of France is developing technology using oxygen rather than air in gasifiers, in order to reduce the overall cost of CO2 capture.

In 2010, the project entered its second phase, where pilot testing of selected pre-combustion capture technologies focuses on pre-combustion separation, oxygen separation and hydrogen combustion. No further information is currently available on the chosen technologies or pilot locations within this phase, although it has been stated that between three and five technologies will be chosen by the DECARBit committee for pilot-scale testing.


The DECARBit project is co-funded by its 21 partners and by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme. This supports, from one common fund, eligible EU research initiatives that could potentially contribute to growth, competitiveness and employment.


The programme began in 2008 and was to run until 2011.

Project partners

Statoil, Total, Shell, Siemens, Enel, Electrabel, NUON (Vattenfall), TNO, EDP, Corning SAS, L’Air Liquide, SINTEF, IFP Energies Nouvelles, Alstom Power (UK), Alstom (Switzerland)University of Ulster, Russian Academy of Sciences, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Eidgenõssische Technische Hochschule Zuerich, Delft University of Technology

More information and press releases

IFP information on European CO2 projects

2009 DECARBit newsletter


Marie Bysveen, SINTEF, 0047-73 59 39 54 or email

Companies involved