Colorado-based ION Engineering said Wednesday it kicked off testing of its carbon capture system at the Technology Center Mongstad in Norway. “ION maintains a world class research and development organization and we look forward to working with the world’s largest and most advanced test facility. TCM is an ideal environment that allows us to validate our process at a large industrial test facility. The opportunity to test at TCM represents the final step in our ability to deploy our technology at commercial scale,” ION CEO Alfred “Buz” Brown, said in a press release.
The new test campaign will pick up where the company left off testing at a 1 megawatt pilot scale at the National Carbon Capture Center in Wilsonville, Ala. The technology will be tested at a larger scale, 12 megawatts, at TCM.
The project is being funded through a $16 million cooperative funding agreement split between the Department of Energy’s Nation Energy Technology Laboratory and TCM. “This project represents a significant step toward commercially deploying carbon capture technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Doug Hollett, DOE’s principal deputy assistant secretary for fossil energy, said in a DOE release. “It also embodies the importance of the ongoing collaboration between the U.S. and Norway on clean energy technology development.”