Sustainable OPEration of post-combustion Capture plants – SCOPE

Publieke samenvatting / Public summary

Among the early-adopters of post-combustion CO2 are the Fortum waste-to-energy (WtE) plant in Norway, the WtE sector as a whole in the Netherlands (i.e. at the AVR, with an operational carbon capture plant in Duiven and other projects in the permitting phase), and the NORCEM cement plant in Brevik in Norway. Such projects make clear that several industries new to CCUS encounter permitting challenges due to a lack of data, quantitative documentation, and predictive models for the emissions. The overall environmental impacts of industrial emissions via stack dispersion and its environmental effects over time are not yet understood, which inhibits our societies' ability to implement measures and regulation. Such information and knowledge gaps therefore limit the pace of regulatory developments at multiple policy levels and also limits the drive towards development of process design for efficient amine emission control.

SCOPE aims to accelerate large scale CO2 capture projects by providing critical data, methodologies and tools that are essential for plant owners and regulators engaged in managing emissions and permitting processes, and builds connections between diverse stakeholders to facilitate much-needed knowledge exchange on technical and regulatory developments.

Korte omschrijving
1. Developing efficient online monitoring systems and effective management guidelines for emissions control; 2. Validating the predictions of amine emissions from CO2 capture solvents against new pilot plant data; 3. Integrating science on environmental hazard identification for risk assessment of amine-based CO2 capture plants; 4. Determining what policies and practices strengthen public trust in the governance of amine-based CCUS in multiple political jurisdictions. The SCOPE project is undertaken by an international consortium of science, technology and policy experts and stakeholders in Norway, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, India, and USA. This transnational cooperation prioritizes closing critical knowledge gaps and ensuring information exchange between stakeholders, through original, multi-disciplinary research and collaboration, including the creation of the SCOPE Stakeholder, Policy, Research and Industry NeTwork (SPRINT).

The overarching aim of SCOPE is to support the development of emission control technologies and the harmonisation of regulatory frameworks for amine-based CCUS.