RGU’s systematic review of articles on community acceptance and social impact of CCUS has been published. ConsenCUS partner Robert Gordon University has published an article in the journal PLoS ONE describing a systematic meta-narrative literature review on this topic, based on its work on a qualitative assessment of community awareness and acceptance of industrial innovations and CCUS developments more generally. The review concluded that every CCUS project is complex and thus it is not advisable to provide best practice guidelines that guarantee certain outcomes. This systematic review shared recommendations in the literature on how best to promote community involvement in CCUS projects and similar place-based industrial innovation projects. These recommendations focus on the importance of transparency, acknowledging uncertainty and encouraging collaboration.
The Romanian Energy Policy Group (EPG) has published an article on a preliminary analysis of the Romanian situation regarding the strategic narratives shaping the public discourse and perception of CCUS projects: Reaching climate neutrality will require an upheaval in deploying new technologies at scale. But the social and political narratives surrounding them can make or break the success of these technologies.
In this opinion piece, EPG summarises its analysis of media, institutional and corporate narratives on carbon capture, use and storage in Romania.
The technical team of DTU – the ConsenCUS partner involved in the construction of the demonstration plant- made a visit to Aalborg Portland. Aalborg Portland, a leading site in the CEMENTIR holding with regard to sustainable activities and CO2 emission savings, is the first industry where the ConsenCUS technique will be installed and tested. The actual installation will take place at the end of 2023, but both parties are already heavily engaged in discussing the site requirements, possible locations and outline of the pilot plant, so to make full use of the testing period.
“The Aalborg Portland site is a perfect proving ground for the CO2 capture and utilization plant we’ll build. It gives us a golden opportunity to validate the plant functionality and to train our personnel for the subsequent Romanian and the Greek campaigns.”Uffe Bihlet, Project Manager, DTU
The visits to the Romanian and Greek sites are also planned in the first half year of 2022. These visits will provide an insight to where the best suitable location for the demonstration plant will be and ensure that further developments can be planned. Al three sites have particular aspects that need to be taken into account. This makes the planning and developing phase a very important aspect in the beginning of the project.
Heriot-Watt University from Edingburgh, Scotland, is one of our ConsenCUS partners that contribute to the development of the technique in our project. They are seeking an excellent and motivated postdoctoral research associate to work on ConsenCUS. This major EU project aims to develop and pilot novel electrolysis-based CO2 capture and conversion technologies that will be scaled up and tested at three industrial sites across Europe, bringing the technology to TRL7.
On Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th of October 2021 the ConsenCUS partners met each other in a full-packed productive two-day meeting. Despite the hurdles of travelling in COVID-time, 30+ persons attended the meetings, with more followers via digital channels.
The first day was devoted to a Technical Workshop from the “CO2-capture” workpackage. WP-lead WETSUS, with contributions from Heriot-Watt University, Zhejiang University (China), University of Calgary (Canada) presented the progress of one of the key-elements of the ConsenCUS project. A new innovation that captures CO2 out of Flue Gasses of industries, by taking only electricity and water.
Also the integration with the second innovation of partner COVAL that enables the conversion of the captured CO2 in a usable chemical molecule named Potassium Formate- as well the testing of these techniques at our three industrial sites in Denmark, Romania and Greece was discussed. The demonstration, that is led by the Danish Technical University (DTU) is the third key-element of the project.
The second day was full of updates on the different workpackages that support the new CCUS techniques into becoming fully accepted and viable solutions to lower co2 emissions and becoming more sustainable.
Next to the program the team found room to visit the laboratoria of Wetsus, where at any given point in time 30+ PhD students work on water related research in the field of energy, sustainability. We learned about the city centre of Leeuwarden in a guided city tour and visited the premises of Entrance – centre for energy transition of Hanzehogeschool and Energy Academy Europe where new sustainable energy techniques are tested in real-life setting.
Is using renewable electricity to capture and convert industrial CO2 emissions realistic at a large scale? What can you do with it after capture and how do local communities participate in the profits? An international consortium led by New Energy Coalition and University of Groningen will answer these questions in the European innovation project ConsenCUS – Carbon neutral clusters through electricity-based innovations in Capture, Utilisation and Storage.
Industrial and academic partners from The Netherlands, Denmark, United Kingdom, Romania, Greece, China and Canada have joined forces to make electrochemical CO2 emission reduction possible worldwide. From April 1st, 2021, over €13 million of European funds and private investments will enable scaling up technological innovations and conducting socio-economic research. A mobile demo plant will be constructed that will capture up to 100 kg CO2/h at cement production, oil refinery and magnesia production across Europe and convert it to useful chemicals (potassium formate and formic acid). In the same locations, the opportunities or challenges that the CO2 clusters bring to the local economy, geology and community will be studied.
Several crucial European industrial sectors emit CO2 as an inherent part of their production process (e.g. cement, magnesia or refinery). To meet European climate targets, this CO2 will have to be captured and used or stored (known as CCUS). So far, CCUS only takes place in a few locations world-wide, and often uses additional fossil fuels for the boilers that regenerate the CO2-absorbing material. The ConsenCUS consortium wants to make capture and conversion possible with (green) electricity, so that it can be done more sustainably and even climate-neutral. The innovation action includes designing so-called CO2 clusters, such that regional companies can work together with governments and citizens to make smart investments in shared infrastructure (such as pipelines or temporary storage locations) to reach net-zero carbon emissions safely.