Sustainable solutions provider Aker Carbon Capture (Aker) has joined forces with energy company SINTEF to accelerate Norway’s carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS)
Having collaborated on various projects over the past 25 years, the partners consider CCUS as a ‘vital solution’ to overcoming net-zero barriers.
This was echoed by both the International Energy Agency (IEA) and United Nations (IPCC), which have previously stated the necessity of CCUS for the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and limited global warming to under 1.5C.
“CCUS is an indispensable tool for achieving global climate goals. As a technology, it has risen from ‘nice to have’ to ‘need to have’,” said Nils Rokke, EVP Sustainability, SINTEF.
Announced today (30th March), the agreement will see both parties collaborating on more CCUS projects, including the exploration of new capture technology development, generating new ideas, and sharing knowledge.
As part of the eight-year SOLVit programme, solvent-based capture technology has already been developed by the partners together with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Both Aker and SINTEF have contributed to Norway’s full-scale Longship CCUS project, which uses Aker’s amine-based capture technology.
Such projects have been deemed essential to the necessary scaling-up of CCUS technology.
“To meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and Norwegian climate ambitions, we need to continue the joint efforts to cut costs, reduce risk, and scale up CCS technologies,” said Mona Mølnvik, Director, NCCS (Norwegian CCS Research Centre).
“Research, development, and innovation efforts done in cooperation between universities, research institutions, and industry actors like Aker Carbon capture are essential.”