Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aker Carbon Capture to accelerate the evaluation of future carbon capture plants in Sweden and Northern Europe.

Vattenfall said the agreement with Aker Carbon Capture, a spin off of Norwegian engineering company Aker Solutions, will support its ambitions to achieve negative emissions in waste and bio CCS plants.

Vattenfall has the knowledge and proven experience of several carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, already tested in a large-scale pilot plant in Germany, and test plants in the Netherlands and in the UK, between 2008-2014.

However, CCS has taken many steps forward over the last year, leading to several projects moving forward both on the capture and on the storage side.

The Norwegian full-scale Demonstration Project, “Longship CCS” (Langskip) with its “Northern Lights” offshore storage facility, is one example.

In addition, Denmark is planning a “Greensand” storage project, utilizing existing oil platform infrastructure.

“Applying our HSE-friendly carbon capture technology at waste and bio energy plants across Europe can enable companies like Vattenfall to achieve negative emissions and thus make a significant contribution towards battling climate change,” said Valborg Lundegaard, CEO of Aker Carbon Capture.

“As we prepare to deliver the capture plant for Longship, the Norwegian Full Scale demonstration project, we see a sharp increase in companies across sectors that want to explore and realize carbon capture plants in the future.”