Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) is the world’s largest neutral facility for testing and improving CO2 capture technologies. At TCM, post-combustion carbon capture technologies are demonstrated at large scale in a real industrial environment, before being deployed at plant scale. Once a technology has been successfully demonstrated at TCM, the technology has reached the necessary maturity to be implemented at final scale with limited risks.
TCM's activities and goals
With TCM’s activities and contribution to the market, post-combustion carbon capture technologies become more competitive, efficient, safe, environmentally friendly and low-cost. TCM’s goal is to reduce the cost of decarbonising the global economy and accelerating the transition to a low carbon future.
TCM is a joint venture between the Norwegian state (managed by Gassnova), Equinor, Shell and TotalEnergies. It has an organisation of approx. 60 personnel, the majority of whom secure the 24/7 shift rotation keeping the plants in operation.
How TCM works with CCS
TCM provides a testing arena for a wide range of mature and emerging post-combustion carbon capture technologies on live industrial flue gases. This includes solvents, sorbents, membranes and chilled ammonia both for pilot skid units and larger scale testing using TCM’s existing facilities.
Through its 10 years of operations, TCM has conducted a number of tests, including both proprietary tests for the largest technology developers, as well as non-proprietary campaigns funded either by TCM owners or governmental agencies.
As part of TCM’s efforts to advancing carbon capture for a cleaner and greener future, knowledge sharing is a core activity for TCM. So far, TCM has published more than 60 papers on non-proprietary technologies, and will publish more in the future.
Our contribution to ACCSESS
The value of TCM to ACCSESS resides in both the flexibility of its facilities, as well as the unique pool of expertise of its personnel, developed over years of testing and improving carbon capture technologies.
TCM’s contribution to ACCSESS is centred around the following activities:
- Subproject 1: CO2 capture piloting: TCM will use its knowledge in demonstrating technologies to support the shake down of the integrated technical solution of SAIPEM solvent with Prospin RPB, as well as the testing of the integrated technology into the subsequent industrial sites.
- Work Package 12: Societal Integration of CCUS: TCM will share experience with operating a test plant (emissions, environmental monitoring, waste, work environment monitoring) and dialog with Norwegian environmental regulators as well as existing regulatory framework in Europe to help facilitate the development of local and regional regulatory framework.
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