Norway and China enter CCS partnership03/08/17Energy
Chinese researchers are collaborating with Norwegian partners to provide solutions for the development and implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS).
A delegation from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oslo (UiO) recently responded to China with positive news. Leading Chinese research groups working on CCS are to collaborate with the UiO institute and the Norwegian Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) – the world’s largest facility for testing and developing CO2 capture technologies.
The motivation behind the partnership is that Norwegian researchers have expertise in areas which their Chinese counterparts lack.
Professor Claus Jørgen Nielsen at the Department of Chemistry said: “China is now the world’s most progressive nation when it comes to research on CCS, and they also have the most comprehensive plans for implementation.
“They have decided that China is going to be the first nation in the world to implement CCS on a large scale. The reason is that CCS is one of the technologies that have the potential to save the global climate.”
China already has a number of available technologies when it comes to capturing carbon, for which they expect to find efficient storage solutions. The Norwegian co-operation is all therefore focused on reducing the impact of the technology.
Researchers at UiO have collaborated with Chinese environmental research institutions for almost 30 years, initiating projects concerned with acid rain, mercury and water quality.
At the end of 2016 relations between the two countries developed following Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende’s visit to China.