A brief outcome of the 3rd ACT Knowledge sharing workshop (KSW) 2018

The 3rd ACT Knowledge sharing workshop (KSW) took place on the 13 November 2018 kindly hosted at the facilities of RWE Kraftwerk in Niederaußem, Germany. The objective of the KSW is to have updates from the projects funded by ACT and share results between these projects and relevant stakeholders from academia, industry and decision makers.

Heiko Gerhauser from PtJ opened the workshop and welcomed all before handing over to the ACT coordinator, Ragnhild Ronneberg from the Research Council of Norway (RCN), who briefly explained the objectives of the ACT initiative and the objectives and outcomes accomplished during these last two years. Thereafter we had an interesting introduction by Peter Moser to RWE, their importance in the energy sector and their CCU-projects at the plant - one of which is the ALIGN project.

 Our host in Germany, PtJ Jülich had also organised for a presentation on the strategies for the Energy sector in Germany (Energiewende) and the 7th Energy Research Program, by Johannes Kerner from the Ministry of Economics and Energy. He pointed out that energy efficiency is a priority and the importance of renewables and sector coupling. Development of low CO2 emission industrial processes (in e.g. cement and steel factories) is important, as is also the utilisation of CO2 and conversion of it to other products.

 At this workshop we had the honour of having Vassilios Kougionas, the project officer of ACT from the European Commission, present. He dedicated a great word to all participants underlining the tremendous and great work having been done by ACT for taking up both the SET-plan issues as well as the Mission innovation topics in the CCUS field.

 All 8 projects from the first ACT call were presented, and they shared the value and the advantages of the transnational collaboration in R&D and innovation actions in the CCUS-area. 

Furthermore, a recent new partner in ACT, US-Department of Energy represented by John Litynski, gave us good remarks and information regarding CCUS in the United States, approaching the concept of strategy in this sector for the future and presenting their projects as a part of the solution for the global concerns in terms of energy. Important issues in the strategy for CCUS on fossil fuel in US is based on the energy production, grid reliability and resilience, energy security and job creation.  

During the day, we had the opportunity to visit the power plant at RWE and got information about their CCU-project at their facility (see picture). 

The ACT consortium acknowledge the work being undertaken by the ACT funded projects and also wants to thank the organising group at PtJ and RWE for a very interesting and inspiring workshop.

For more information click to view each presentation below:

ACT – Objectives and status, Ragnhild Rønneberg

RWE Power – Coal innovation centre, Peter Moser

Energiwende and the 7th Energy Research program, Johannes Kerner

ALIGN, Peter van Os

ELEGANCY, Svend Munkejord

PRE-ACT, Peder Eliasson

CCUS in US, John Litynski

ECO-BASE, Anders Nermoen

ACORN, Hazel Robertson and Philippa Parmiter

DETECT, Marcella Dean

3D-Caps, Robert de Boer

GASTECH, Shahriar Amini