EC Launches Carbon Capture, Storage Demo Projects

The European Commission last week held the preparatory meeting for its new knowledge-sharing network of carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects. The meeting gathered delegates from 22 projects in 13 European countries. The network, which is set up to speed up the process toward full-scale industry implementation of CCS technology, is coordinated by DNV.

After the initial introductory phases, the network will provide the first-movers within the field with a means of coordination, exchange of information and experience. There will also be a focus on identifying best practices, and thereby ensuring that the best technologies available in Europe are utilized to their full potential. Furthermore, the network will work closely with other international and national initiatives. Altogether the network will enable the participants to maximize the impact of research and development and optimize costs through shared actions.

DNV is assisting the European Commission in establishing and facilitating the gathering and sharing of information. DNV will organize knowledge-sharing events and has recently, together with the European Commission, initiated a Web-based platform. DNV is also responsible for providing highly specialized services relating to information and communication functions within the network, in addition to knowledge management and CCS technology.

Early next year, DNV will launch three guidelines on CCS. DNV is also one of the founding members of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute; an institute established with a purpose of accelerating the commercial deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects to ensure their valuable contribution in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

DNV (Det Norske Veritas) is an independent foundation with the purpose of safeguarding life, property, and the environment. Its history goes back to 1864, when the foundation was established in Norway to inspect and evaluate the technical condition of Norwegian merchant vessels. Since then, the foundation's core competence has been to identify, assess, and advise on how to manage risk.

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