ALIGN-CCUS findings: deep decarbonisation within reach

Mar 08 2021

International ALIGN-CCUS partnership unveils guidelines for accelerating transition to low-carbon economy for Europe's industrial regions.


An international partnership of science and industry has concluded three years of multi-disciplinary research aimed at transforming Europe’s industrial regions into economically robust, low-carbon centres by 2025.

The ALIGN-CCUS project, funded through the ERA-NET ACT programme, focused on delivering tools and guidelines to support the quick and cost-effective delivery of large-scale *carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania and the UK.

Later this year, nations will gather at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, to review Paris Agreement commitments and assess progress on limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. CCUS is now widely accepted as a key part of climate action across Europe.

The ALIGN-CCUS project’s key results include:

  • Rigorous pilot-scale testing of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology over a record number of hours to address technical challenges
  • New standards and solutions for cost-effective, reliable CO2 transport and injection
  • A new standard for characterising geological CO2 storage sites during CCUS development
  • Ambitious large-scale demonstration of synthetic fuel production from CO2 in an industrial setting
  • Practical guidelines for developing full-chain CCUS for industrial clusters
  • The most extensive international research on societal perceptions and impact of CCUS

Peter van Os, TNO, Project Coordinator, said, “World-leading expertise, teamwork and cross-border cooperation have defined our project and produced results, which will contribute to meeting Europe’s climate targets through the deep decarbonisation of its industrial centres.”

Ragnhild Rønneberg, Research Council of Norway and ERA-NET ACT Programme Coordinator, said, “International R&D collaboration and knowledge sharing are key elements in the successful development and implementation of CCUS. ALIGN-CCUS has really shown that joining forces, resources, skills and tools across borders provides results that the CCUS community itself can be proud of but which also have great implications for society and policy development for CCUS in Europe.”

The ALIGN-CCUS project saw 30 science and industry partners from five European nations collaborate on climate action. Researchers shared their findings online late last year during two half-day sessions attended by a wide range of international stakeholders, from potential CCUS operators to policy makers and NGOs.

*Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies capture CO2 from large emitting sources and either store it permanently in deep geological storage sites or use it to make everyday products. CCUS can deliver significant cuts in emissions from industrial and power sectors. Its deployment is recognised as crucial to limiting global temperature increases to below 2°C and averting the worst impacts of climate change.


ALIGN-CCUS findings

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