Statkraft join CO2 research programme

30.03.2009 08.00 | pressrelease

The international energy companies Statkraft, E.ON and ScottishPower have underlined their commitment to meeting the climate challenges by joining SOLVit - a pioneering R&D programme into carbon capture technology, led by Aker Clean Carbon, the Norwegian CO2 technology company. The R&D institute Sintef and the university NTNU are selected research partners.

“We are very pleased that some of the world’s leading energy companies are joining SOLVit. The backing of these companies will enable us to develop better and cheaper ways to capture CO2,” says Jan Roger Bjerkestrand, chief executive of Aker Clean Carbon.

The SOLVit programme concerns processes that capture CO2 in the flue gas from the process industry and from coal and gas fired power stations.

The programme aims to generate better and more cost-effective processes and solvents to manage CO2 emissions from these facilities. The programme has a strong focus on all environmental aspects. The energy companies’ presence in the programme will provide very important input from the perspective of the facility operator and the end user of the technology.

“We have a clear goal to bring the cost of CO2-capture down significantly. The programme aims to half the required energy consumption in our CO2-capture technology,” says Mr Bjerkestrand.

SOLVit was launched in 2008 by Aker Clean Carbon, Sintef, the independent research organisation and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU. The programme runs for eight years and has a financial value of NOK 317 million (£34m).

Each partner has committed financing of up to NOK 15m (£1.6m) to SOLVit. Aker Clean Carbon is the biggest financier of SOLVit, which also has support from Gassnova, the Norwegian government’s vehicle for CO2-management, and the Norwegian Research Council. Other energy companies may join the SOLVit programme at a later stage.

The programme also includes building a new laboratory in Trondheim, situated next to Sintef’s multi-phase laboratory. The lab will be a unique test centre for pilot projects, including a 30 metre tall tower and processing column – identical to the required height in full-scale industrial facilities.

The SOLVit-programme will also involve testing in Aker Clean Carbon’s mobile test unit, which has been in operation since 2008. The mobile facility can process parts of emissions from power stations and industrial sites over several months, producing valuable data on the process and technology.

More about the SOLVit partners:

Statkraft is Europe’s largest renewable energy company. The Group develops and generates hydropower, wind power, gas power and district heating, and is a major player on the European power exchanges. Statkraft also develops marine energy, osmotic power solar power and other innovative energy solutions. In 2008 Statkraft posted gross operating revenues of EUR 3.1 billion. The group employs 3,000 staff in more than 20 countries.

Aker Clean Carbon:
Aker Clean Carbon is a global supplier of cost-effective CO2 capture plants and technology. The company offers amine-based post-combustion carbon capture solutions for coal and gas-fired power stations and other industrial flue gases. Aker Clean Carbon has been awarded the contract for The European Technology Centre Mongstad and is engaged in several CCS projects.

E.ON is one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas company and is investing millions of euros to find the best ways to help bring forward low carbon energy and energy efficiencies.E.ON Engineering is a leading international supplier of engineering services and innovative solutions for power, gas and industrial projects and a main focus of energy technologies within the E.ON group.
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU:
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is Norway’s premier academic institution for technology and the natural sciences, with equally strong programmes in the social sciences, the arts and humanities, medicine, architecture and fine art.

ScottishPower is one of the UK's leading integrated energy providers.  We generate, transmit and distribute energy - right from the power station to the plug. As a leading supplier of green energy products to domestic and business customers, we are at the forefront of clean energy development in the UK. In addition to ambitious aims to increase our UK renewable energy capacity to 1,000 MW by 2010, ScottishPower is working to reduce the green house gas emissions from our fossil fuel power plants by investing in new abatement technologies.

The SINTEF Group is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. Every year, SINTEF supports the development of 2000 or so Norwegian and overseas companies via our research and development activity. More than 2000 employees generate new knowledge and solutions for our customers, based on research and development in technology, the natural sciences, medicine and the social sciences.