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ELEGANCY – accelerating CCS deployment by combining CCS and hydrogen

The new project ELEGANCY – Enabling a Low-Carbon Economy via Hydrogen and CCS was kicked off 19—20 October in Brussels. As the name indicates, the project will investigate how hydrogen production can be accomodated in a CO2-capture, transport and storage (CCS) system, thus reducing CO2 emissions. SINTEF and the 20 other project partners from seven European countries think this is an elegant solution.

Accelerating CCS Technologies

ELEGANCY is one of eight new ACT (Accelerating CCS Technologies) projects funded by national funding agencies and the European Commission. ACT is a Horizon 2020 initiative coordinated by the Research Council of Norway.

ELEGANCY will perform scientific research on selected topics within hydrogen-CO2 separation  and CO2 transport, injection and storage.

To enable application of this research, ELEGANCY will develop an open-source design tool for fully integrated hydrogen-CCS chains.

The project will also study

  • legal issues
  • business development opportunities
  • public perceptions of CCS

Case studies

The findings, technologies and tools developed in the project will be applied to case studies in the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and UK. The main goal of the cases studies is to identify cost-effective opportunities for CCS coupled with hydrogen in each of these countries, taking the national situation into account.

I am eager, and humble, to take on the task as coordinator of such an interesting and challenging project, with so many strong partners from academia and industry. The project is scheduled to run for three years, and the total budget is about 15 million euros. Further details can be found on the project homepage.

SINTEF's Executive Vice President for Sustainability, Nils A. Røkke, explained the mutual benefits of hydrogen as a CO2-free energy carrier combined with CCS.
SINTEF’s Executive Vice President for Sustainability, Nils A. Røkke, explained the mutual benefits of hydrogen as a CO2-free energy carrier combined with CCS.
Brian Allison of the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Energy represented the ACT consortium and highlighted knowledge sharing as a key expectation for the new ACT projects.
Brian Allison of the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Energy represented the ACT consortium and highlighted knowledge sharing as a key expectation for the new ACT projects.
Mr Gudmundur Kristjansson talked about the Norwegian natural gas network operator Gassco's motivation for participating in ELEGANCY.
Mr Gudmundur Kristjansson talked about the Norwegian natural gas network operator Gassco’s motivation for participating in ELEGANCY.
Dr Greet Van Eetvelde represents the petrochemical company INEOS in the consortium.
Dr Greet Van Eetvelde represents the petrochemical company INEOS in the consortium.
Professor Marco Mazzotti of ETH Zürich will lead ELEGANCY's work on hydrogen-CO2 separation.
Professor Marco Mazzotti of ETH Zürich will lead ELEGANCY’s work on hydrogen-CO2 separation.
Associate Professor Catherine Banet of the University of Oslo is scheduled to lead the work package on business-case development.
Associate Professor Catherine Banet of the University of Oslo is scheduled to lead the work package on business-case development.
Professor Nilay Shah of Imperial College London will lead the development of a hydrogen-CCS chain tool.
Professor Nilay Shah of Imperial College London will lead the development of a hydrogen-CCS chain tool.
Dr Gunhild A. Reigstad of SINTEF is project manager and will lead the ELEGANCY case studies.
Dr Gunhild A. Reigstad of SINTEF is project manager and will lead the ELEGANCY case studies.
Brussel's famous citizen Manneken Pis in his autumn outfit.
Brussel’s famous citizen Manneken Pis in his autumn outfit.

All photos: SINTEF/Svend Tollak Munkejord

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