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Current and previous projects related to the CO2 value chain are listed below.
 

Current PhD projects

 

Physiochemical data for amine-based CO2 capture processes

  • PhD student: Sumudu Karunarathne
  • Supervisor: Prof. Lars Erik Øi
  • Period: 2016-2020

 

CO2 utilization: Low temperature methanol synthesis catalyzed by copper alcoxide system

 

Application of spectroscopy and chemometrics in speciation of CO2  capture solvents

  • PhD student: Wathsala Jinadasa
  • Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Maths Halstensen
  • Period: 2014-2018

 

Other ongoing projects

Combined calcination and CO2 capture in cement clinker production
by use of CO2-neutral electrical energy – Phase 1 ("ELSE")

  • Project description: This project is funded by Climit-Demo and Norcem. Phase 1 has a duration of 1 year. The main objective of the project is to document the techno-economical potential of using CO2-neutral electric energy for combined CO2 capture and calcination in the clinker production process, aiming at up to 70 % reduction in the CO2 emissions from the kiln system. USN, Tel-Tek and Norcem (part of HeidelbergCement) are the three partners in the project. ELSE is used as a short name for the project (abbreviation of "ELektrifisering av SEmentproduksjonen", which is Norwegian).
  • Project run by: Norcem
  • USN project manager: Prof. Lars-André Tokheim
  • Tel-Tek project manager: Anette Mathisen
  • Period: 2018-2019

 

Cutting the Cost of CO2 Capture in the Process Industry  (CO2stCap)

  • Project description: This is a four-year project with funding from Climit-Demo (Norway), Energimyndigheten (Sweden) and participating industry and research partners. The main focus of the project is partical CO2 capture, technoeconomical analyses and cost estimation. In addition to USN and Tel-Tek, Norcem/Heidelberg Cement, Elkem, SSAB, Aga Linde, Swerea/Mefos, Innventia, Chalmers University of Technology and IEAGHG participate in the project. At least one PhD students will work on the project, supervised by Professor Lars Erik Øi. The total budget of the project is 25 MNOK.
  • Project run by: Tel-Tek
  • Project manager: Ragnhild Skagestad
  • Period: 2015-2019

 

Low Energy Penalty Solvents (LEPS)

  • Project description: The aim of the proejct is to develop CO2 solvents giving a lower energy demand in post-combustion CO2 capture processes involving absorption and regeneration. The project builds on results and insight achieved in the ‘Better and more intelligently formulated CO2 absorbents’ project (see above). Funding of 8.5 MNOK has been provided by the Norwegian Research Council through Gassnova/CLIMIT. The project is run by USN in cooperation with NTNU and University of Austin, Texas. Prof. Klaus-Joachim Jens manages the project.
  • Project run by: University of South-Eastern Norway
  • Project manager: Prof. Klaus-Joachim Jens
  • Period: 2015-2018

 

Carbon Dioxide as a Future Feedstock for Chemicals, Polymers and Fuels (FutureFeed)

  • Project description: This research project is run in cooperation with Sintef (Norway), Norner (Norway), University of California at Berkeley (USA), University of Torino (Italy) and Texas A&M University (USA). The aim is design and tailor synthesis of nanomaterials with catalytic activity and specificity for selected, sustainable routes to CO2 conversion, thereby minimizing the energy required for such processes. One PhD student is working on the project, which is supported by the RCN Nano2021 program (Project number 228157/O70).
  • USN project manager: Prof. Klaus-Joachim Jens
  • Period: 2014-2017

 

Enviromental Due Dilligence of CO2 Capture and Utilization Technologies (EDDiCCUT)

  • Project description: EDDiCCUT is a 4-year research project aiming to assess the environmental performance of carbon capture and utilization technologies, by combining Cost Estimation with Life Cycle Analysis. The project is led by the Industrial Ecology Programme at Norwegian University of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Copernicus institute at Utrecht University and Tel-Tek in Porsgrunn. Project is supported by Gassnova and industrial partners. For further information, see www.eddiccut.com.
  • Project run by: NTNU
  • Sub-project run by: Tel-Tek
  • Sub-project manager: Nils Henrik Eldrup
  • Period: 2013-2017

 

Previous projects

CO2 capture by fully integrated regenerative calcium cycling - calciner design, flow modelling and process simulations (PhD project)

Fully Integrated Regenerative Calcium Cycling (FIRCC)

  • Project description: GE Norway (previously Alstom Norway) was granted funding from Gassnova via the Climit programme for a three-year project investigating the potential of CO2 capture by calcium cycling applying indirect heat transfer in the calciner. The project was a cooperation between GE Norway, GE Power (Germany), USN, Tel-Tek, IFE and ETH (Switzerland). The project had four different work packages, and USN/Tel-Tek was strongly involved in one of these. One PhD candidate was educated at USN as part of the project. Prof. Lars-André Tokheim was project lead for one of the three work packages in the project, and also the main supervisor of the PhD student.
  • Project run by: Alstom Norway
  • Sub-project run by: USN and Tel-Tek
  • Sub-project manager: Prof. Lars-André Tokheim
  • Period: 2013-2017

 

CO2 Capture Test Facility at Norcem Brevik, Project phase II Test Step 1 - Work package: Benchmark Analysis

  • Project description: A test facility for CO2 capture in the cement industry har been built at Norcem's cement plant in Brevik, Norway. Funding was provided by Gassnova via the Climit program to the project partners Norcem, HeidelbergCement and the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA). There are several sub-contractors in the project, including technology suppliers Aker Clean Carbon, NTNU and coworkers, RTI and Alstom as well as Tel-Tek/USN and the Norcem Brevik plant. Tel-Tek/USN is responsible for a benchmark analysis comparing the different technologies to be tested at TCB.
  • Project run by: Norcem
  • Sub-project run by: Tel-Tek
  • Sub-project manager: Prof. Lars-André Tokheim
  • Period: 2013-2017

 

CO2 Capture Test Facility at Norcem Brevik, Project phase II Test Step 1 - Technology support

  • Project description: A test facility for CO2 capture in the cement industry has been built at Norcem's cement plant in Brevik, Norway. Funding has been provided by Gassnova via the Climit program to the project partners Norcem, HeidelbergCement and the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA). There are several sub-contractors in the project, including technology suppliers Aker Clean Carbon, NTNU and coworkers, RTI and Alstom as well as Tel-Tek/USN and the Norcem Brevik plant. Tel-Tek and USN is involved in providing technology support to Norcem.
  • Project run by: Norcem
  • Sub-project run by: Tel-Tek
  • Sub-project manager: Hans Aksel Haugen
  • Period: 2013-2017

 

Rapid boiling of carbon dioxide (PhD project)

  • PhD student: Sindre Tøsse
  • Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Knut Vågsæther
  • Period: 2011-2016

 

CO2 capture at Norcem Brevik - Feasibility study

  • Project target: Evaluation of the feasibility of including CO2 capture at the Brevik plant in a value chain involving capture, transport and permanent storage of CO2.
  • Project description: Norcem AS, Norway’s sole cement manufacturer, conducted a feasibility study on full-scale CO2 capture at the cement plant in Brevik. This was done in cooperation with the CO2 capture technology provider Aker Solutions, and with contributions from Norconsult, FL Smidth, USN and Periti. Prof. Lars-André Tokheim at USN participated in the project as a consultant for Norcem. The purpose of the study was to . A cost estimate (+/- 40 % uncertainty) of building and operating such a capture plant was the key output from the project. The project was funded by Gassnova.
  • Project run by: Norcem AS Brevik
  • Project manager: Prof. Lars-André Tokheim
  • Period: 2010-2016

 

Better and more intelligently formulated CO2 absorbents

  • Project target: Prediction of CO2 absorption equilibria for new solvents based on knowledge of solvent molecular structure.
  • Project description: This research project was supported by the Norwegian Research Council and Gassnova through the CLIMIT research programme. The project was run by USN professors Dag Eimer and Klaus-Joachim Jens, who supervised one PhD student through this project. Two post docs were also affiliated with the project. The background for the project was the need for finding more cost effective absorbents for CO2 capture in the greenhouse gas context. New techniques within solution analysis have been developed. Raman spectroscopy provides new possibilities in determining component speciation, and it even opens the door to online monitoring of the solution, and it opens for new possibilities in the optimization of operation of absorption-desorption plants that could lead to energy savings, and possibly less degradation of the absorbent. Using the NMR technique it is possible to go deeper into reaction mechanisms enabling a more intelligent search for a better absorbent which in turn should lead to more cost effective absorption processes. The experimental work done on absorption equilibria has provided more data to the research community at large, and such data hold a key to evaluating design of potential absorption columns and the cyclic process associated. The predictive methods for pKa and absorption equilibria are valuable in that initial estimates can be made in the early phase evaluation of new chemicals to be used as absorbent. Although the development has not yet achieved the accuracy that could be hoped for, which is a very ambitious target, the model still gives indications and the information obtained this way is certainly better than massive screening operations. This work should ease the identification of new absorbents.
  • Project run by: USN
  • Project manager: Prof. Dag Eimer / Prof. Klaus Joachim Jens
  • Period: 2010-2016

 

Post combustion CO2 capture using aqueous amine solvents: Investigations on molecular structure-activity relationships for amine solvents  (PhD project)

 

CO2 capture from industrial point sources and further development of amine reclaimer waste handling by incineration and biological treatment ("Industrial CCS")

  • Project description: This research project (KMB) is supported by the Norwegian Research Council and Gassnova through the CLIMIT research programme, and by industrial and academic partners.
  • Project run by: Tel-Tek
  • Project manager: Hans Aksel Haugen
  • Period: 2010-2014

 

CO2 capture - Grenland leads the way

  • Project description: This project is supported by the Telemark Province Municipality (Telemark fylkeskommune). The resources are mainly used for funding two part-time professorships at USN; these are dedicated to CO2 capture research.
  • Project run by: USN
  • Project manager: Prof. Morten C. Melaaen
  • Period: 2008-2013

 

Biological CCS waste treatment

  • PhD: Wang Shuai
  • Supervisor: Prof. Rune Bakke
  • Period: 2010-2013

 

Rate based modelling of a post-combustion CO2 capture plant

 

Kinetics of carbon dioxide absorption into aqueous MEA solution droplets

 

Mass transfer kinetics of carbon dioxide into concentrated aqueous solution of monoethanolamine (PhD project)

  • PhD: Ying Jiru
  • Supervisor: Prof. Dag Eimer
  • Period: 2009-2012

 

Minimisation of absorbent degradation in the CO2 absorption/desorption process (PhD project)

 

Removal of CO
2 from exhaust gas (PhD project)

 

Channel Integrated Treatment (CIT)

  • Project description: This project was supported by the Norwegian Research Council and StatoilHydro. The total budget was NOK 20 Mill. Tel-Tek was awarded a contract from Statoil (previously StatoilHydro), who operated the project. Two PhD candidates worked on this project.
  • Project run by: Tel-Tek
  • Project manager: Prof. Dag Eimer
  • Period: 2008-2012

 

Optimization and environmental improvement of CO2 capture processes

  • Project description: This strategic research programme (SIP - "Strategisk Instituttprogram") was supported by the Norwegian Research Council. The budget was NOK 4.5 Mill. One PhD candidate worked on this project.
  • Project run by: Tel-Tek
  • Project manager: Hans Aksel Haugen
  • Period: 2008-2012

 

CCS Skagerag/Kattegat

  • Project description: The focus of this Interreg project was on concrete CO2 handling solutions for the Skagerak region of Scandinavia. There was cooperation across national borders of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, across several industry segments and across regional authorities in the participating countries. Main project contributors were Chalmers (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg), GU (University of Gothenburg), Tel-Tek and UiO (University of Oslo). The project was supported by EU (Interreg KASK) and Norwegian and Swedish public entities. The total budget was €1,300,000.
  • Project run by: Tel-Tek
  • Project manager: Dag Bjørnsen
  • Period: 2009-2012

 

CO2 Capture from Power Stations and Industry

  • Project description: This strategic research programme (SHP - "Strategisk Høgskoleprogram") was supported by the Norwegian Research Council. The budget was NOK 6 Mill. Two PhD students worked on this project.
  • Project run by: USN
  • Project manager: Prof. Morten C. Melaaen
  • Period: 2007-2012

 

For an extended list of previous projects, see Tel-Tek's web site.