CO2 Transport R&D Project Launched by EU COCATE
The project brings together eight other research and industrial partners: the Le Havre Region Development Agency (France), Geogreen (France), Accoat (Denmark), SINTEF Energy Research (Norway), DNV (Norway), TNO (Netherlands), Port of Rotterdam NV (Netherlands) and SANERI (South Africa).
COCATE’s objective is to analyze the conditions for transporting the flue gases emitted from several CO2-emitting industrial facilities with a view to pooling the capture process, and for exporting large quantities of captured CO2 to storage areas. While major industrial facilities can be fitted with their own CO2 capture and transport installations, this does not apply to units that emit less CO2 – from a few tens of thousands to several hundred thousand metric tons – and for which the investment required would be uneconomic. They must pool the CO2 capture and transportation system in order to cut costs and to make CCS an affordable technology.
So far, all the R&D projects in the CO2 transportation field have been exclusively focused on the CO2 emitted by the major emitting industries, in particular power stations. As the first project dedicated to the issue of pooled CO2 treatment, COCATE should allow medium-sized production sites located in the same geographic area to cut their CO2 emissions in the same way as major industrial facilities.
Interesting. I have not heard of pooling the flue gases for CO2 treatment so far. Am not sure if the economics works out better this way. Which will cost less? Individual capture infrastructure at multiple locations but transporting only CO2 or a single capture mechanism that involves transporting the entire flue gas. Well, thinking about it again, it appears that there is a chance that the latter could indeed cost less. Let’s hope for good results from this experiment.