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The ECCSEL consortium teams up selected Centres of Excellence on Carbon Capture and Storage research (CCS) from 9 countries across Europe. The mission is to implement and operate a European distributed, integrated Research Infrastructure (RI) initially based on a selection of the best research facilities in Europe for  CO2 capture, storage and transport research. A number of those facilities are planned to be upgraded in the future and later new facilities are planned to be constructed in order to:

  • Provide a scientific foundation to respond systematically to the urgent R&D needs in CCS at a Pan-European level, in a short and long term perspective
  • Maintain Europe at the forefront of the international CCS scientific community
  • Make the European Research Area more attractive for both European and international scientists, reinforce cooperative connections between research institutions and attain greater insight into the social and economic impact of European science.
  • Optimize the value of the European Communities financial support through better utilisation of new and existing research infrastructure.

The facilities being developed will enable more advanced levels of research in capture, transport and storage of CO2. Some examples of existing facilities that have been initially selected be a part of the ECCSEL Research Infrastructure are:

  • CO2 capture and transport test facility at Tiller (SINTEF/NTNU, Norway)
  • Sotacarbo Research Center – Coal to Hydrogen Generation pilot plant with CO2 capture (Sotacarbo, Italy)
  • High pressure absorber and desorber pilot plant (TNO, Netherlands)
  • Mini plant for solvent preparation & testing (TNO, Netherlands)
  • Hontomín CO2 Storage Technology Development Plant (CIUDEN, Spain)
  • Centre for CO2 Capture in Cubillos del Sil, León (CIUDEN, Spain)
  • High pressure oxy-fuel combustion test rig (SINTEF, Norway)
  • Chemical Looping Combustion facility (CERTH, Greece)
  • Rock Mechanical & Geophysical Property (S&P-wave) Testing System (BGS, UK)
  • Near surface gas monitoring facility (BGS, UK)
  • High pressure hydrostatic flow cell to measure permeability of asmples (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • BIOREP facility to perform percolation and transfer experiments on fluid-rock interactions under a large range of pressure and temperature conditions (BRGM, France)
  • PANAREA (off-shore) and LATERA (on-shore) CO2 leaking natural laboratories (OGS, Italy)
  • Fixed bed reactor for studies of clean coal technologies and pilot-scale moving bed reactor (GIG, Poland)