With only a few days left, the preparations for the “8th Trondheim Conference on CO2 capture, Transport and Storage” (TCCS-8) are in its final phase. It is a hectic period, but it is also rewarding when the conference program approaches its final version and registrations are pouring in.
For this edition of TCCS, 300 extended abstracts were submitted. This is an all-time high, and at the same time, the general quality of the abstracts was higher than usual. Of course, for us as organizers this is a agreeable situation, but it also made it harder for the program committee to select between oral and poster presentations.
No doubt, if we have had more capacity in terms of auditoriums, we could easily have added one or two parallel sessions. The TCCS-8 program features 10 keynote lectures, 138 oral presentations and around 100 posters.
We are very happy to present the following keynote program:
- Norway’s strategy for CCS deployment, Mr. Kåre Fostervold, State Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
- European position and activities on CCS, Dr. Vassilios Kougionas, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation
- Korea’s CCS RD&D activities for climate change mitigation, Dr. Hwansoo Chong, Policy Team Leader, Korea CCS R&D Center
- CCS is live and well; Bringing the latest news from Saskatchewan, Mr. Max Ball, Manager, Clean Coal Technology, and Sr. Business Advisor to President, CCSI, SaskPower
- Global climate challenges, Dr. Kikki (Helga) Flesche Kleiven, Associate Professor, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, University of Bergen
- Betting on negative emissions, Dr. Sabine Fuss, Head of “Resources and International Trade”, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change
- Doing what it takes in Europe – Excellent R&I collaboration across borders, Dr. Marie Bysveen, Vice President Research, SINTEF Energy Research
- Scaling of CO2 storage to enable a carbon-negative future, Mr. Frederic Hauge, President, The Bellona Foundation
- How TCM plays a central role in progressing carbon capture globally , Mr. Roy Vardheim, CEO, TCM DA
- Implementing ECCSEL, the pan-European CCS research infrastructure, Dr. Sverre Quale, Project Director, NTNU
- Thermodynamic properties for CO2 transport and storage – The challenge of a consistent description, Dr. Roland Span, Professor, Ruhr Universität Bochum
SINTEF and NTNU CCS Award
One of the highlights at the last two conferences has been the announcement of the SINTEF and NTNU CCS Award. The award was instituted in 2011, and the two winners so far are Erik Lindeberg of SINTEF Petroleum and Tore A. Torp of Statoil.
The statutes for the award clearly states that a prerequisite for selecting a winner is that a worthy candidate is identified. At this point it can be revealed that also this time strong candidates have been nominated, and I see no reason why the committee should not have managed to find a winner.
Given the committee has found and agreed on a winner, the announcement will be made at the conference dinner on June 17.
Two short weeks before the event, the conference registration system is soon counting 300 participants. This is a very satisfactory figure seen in relation to the difficult times the industry is experiencing. Given that “things are normal” however, we still expect quite a few registrations during the last days. Needless to say, we are very much looking forward to seeing you in Trondheim.
Let me also pay a special tribute to this year’s TCCS sponsors: the CLIMIT program of the Research Council of Norway, GASSNOVA and Statoil. Their contribution to the conference is vital, and without we would likely not be able to meet for TCCS-8.