Project ACCSESS to trial new capture system and bring CCS to eastern Europe

Three of our members are involved in a significant new Horizon 2020 project which will trial a new enzyme-based CO2 post-combustion capture system and involve the first industrial CCS pilot in eastern Europe.

Network members Fortum Oslo Varme (FOV), Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) and Equinor are all part of the €18.4m ACCSESS project which got underway in May. Led by SINTEF, the four-year project aims to cut significantly the costs of the CCUS value chain and to link mainland emitters to North Sea storage via Norway’s Northern Lights project.

FOV has made its mobile CO2 capture plant available to the project. The plant is being modified for operation with new enzyme-based capture technology from Saipem, the Italian engineering company, another ACCSESS project partner. It will then be tested at both FOV and at TCM before moving to a Stora Enso kraft pulp mill in Sweden and to HeidelbergCement’s Górażdże plant in Poland for six months of trials at each operation. 

With the flue gases from FOV, StoraEnso and HeidelbergCement all involving biomass to varying degrees, the pilot will include net CO2 removal when combined with permanent CO2 storage

ACCSESS will also work on other parts of the CCUS chain, including CO2 transport. It aims to reduce costs significantly by developing low-pressure, ship-based transportation and to advance safe CO2 loading and unloading. It will also address the regulatory aspects of cross-border transportation of CO2 from the sites in mainland Europe to Norway.

“The project is dedicated to developing viable industrial CCUS business models,” while also building societal support, the European Commission said. “ACCSESS will engage with citizens, explaining how CCUS can contribute to the production of climate neutral or climate-positive end-products in a sustainable cities' context.”

HeidelbergCement - which is also a partner in our member LEILAC, another important Horizon 2020 CCS research project - said that, through the project, it would be the first company to pilot CCUS technology in eastern Europe. As well as testing the separation technology in Poland, ACCSESS will explore the optimal integration of a carbon capture unit at the company’s plant in Hanover, Germany.

Finally, the project includes CO2 utilisation (CCU): it will demonstrate recarbonation of demolition concrete fines, a research area in which HeidelbergCement is active.

ACCSESS involves 18 European partners from eight different countries. Other members include: Linde, Total, Fraunhofer and Heriot-Watt University.