TNO is the leading research institute in the Netherlands on CCUS with involvement in many international projects for almost two decades, and with an unparalleled track record in EU research programmes for subsurface CO2 storage, CO2 capture and, more recently, carbon capture and utilisation. TNO continues to play a leading role in research & innovation in CCUS technologies, for example through the coordination and implementation of the ERA-NET ACT Project ALIGN-CCUS, which involves the testing of novel CO2 capture solvents at industrial scale, and the construction of a first-of-a-kind, full-chain CCU pilot plant.
In 2018, TNO merged with the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), which further broadens the organisation’s pool of expertise in CCUS, given the participation of ECN in Horizon2020 projects, such as LEILAC and STEPWISE, which involve the construction, operation and testing of CCUS pilot plants in the cement and steel industries.
Nationally, TNO is providing support to a number of CCUS project developers in the development and feasibility studies for full-chain CCUS projects at industrial scale. These projects involve the assessment of CO2 capture options for TATA Steel’s HISARNA demonstration plant, the identification of transport routes and storage options in the Rotterdam harbour, and feasibility studies for CO2 capture at waste incinerators operated by regional waste management companies AVR and Twence.
Filip Neele, CO2 storage
Filip Neele holds a PhD in seismology from Utrecht University (1993). He has been active in the field of CCS since 2006. He coordinated the EU FP7 CO2Europipe project (2009-2011) on CO2 transport and is currently the coordinator of the EU FP7 MiReCOL project (2014 – 2017) on corrective measures against undesired CO2 migration. He is a member of the EU FP7 CCS Network Secretariat that coordinates the cooperation among the EU CCS flagship projects. He is member of two working groups in the technical committee for an ISO standard on CCS. He is co-chair of the ZEP Task Force Technology, covering the area of CO2 storage.
Tom Mikunda, Policy and regulation
Tom Mikunda is currently active as energy policy consultant at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. With a background in environmental science, environmental policy and economics, Mr Mikunda’s work focuses primarily on policy and regulatory issues concerned with carbon capture and storage technologies. He has 10 years’ experience in many aspects of European and international climate policy, closely observing the development of global climate negotiations under the UNFCCC. Between 2010 and 2015, Mr Mikunda led the regulatory component of the €60 million Dutch national CCS research programme, CATO2. He has an excellent knowledge of regulatory frameworks for CCS in Europe, North America and Australia.