Teknologisenteret på Mongstad (TCM) er verdens største og mest fleksible senter for testing og utvikling av teknologier for CO2‐fangst.
-Catching our future
Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) is the world’s largest and most flexible centre for testing and developing technologies for CO2 capture
TCM is the largest and most advanced facility for test and verification of CO2 capture technologies. We are also developing into a world leading competence centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
Our highly skilled researchers, operators and technical developers are working hard to test out different solutions for the most efficient and cost effective capture of CO2 from industrial flue gases.
A number of Norwegian and international companies are using TCM to test out technology that can be used for full-scale CO2 capture. Aker Solutions, Alstom, Cansolv Technologies, Carbon Clean Solutions and ION Engineering have all tested their technologies the past 6 years. In addition, several open scientific test campaigns have been conducted, led by the owners of the Technology Centre.
Since its establishment in 2012, TCM has evolved into an attractive international centre of competence. Both Norwegian, American, Canadian, Indian and Chinese companies cooperate with TCM in the development of the most efficient CCS technology.
An example of this is that The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has awarded $33.7 million to four projects for advanced carbon capture technology that are planned testing at TCM.
Our owners Gassnova, Equinor, Shell and Total want our knowledge to be available to all relevant parties and TCM is increasingly developing into a global competence centre from where we share our experiences with suppliers, operators and others who will somehow be involved in CO2 capture – right down to tiny gadgets – everything has to be optimised to ensure the most effective operation of a CCS plant!
Ernst Petter Axelsen, CEO, explains the importance of the Technology Center at Mongstad
TCM offers a unique opportunity to test different capture technologies in a large scale environment – the last step before full-scale deployment.
In addition to test campaigns for established capture technology providers, we also run open test campaigns – initiated and controlled by TCMs owners. During such test campaigns, the non-proprietary chemical solution Mono Ethanol Amine (MEA) - which is well known for its removal efficiency- is used.
Numerous papers from the MEA test campaigns at TCM have been published and presented at large international conferences. TCM and its owners have greatly contributed to more knowledge and potentially important improvements of capture technologies.
Ismail Shah Muhammed, Advisor Environment & Process Technology, tells us about testing activities at TCM.
The test campaigns the last few years have generated valuable lessons learned for both TCMs owners, the technology vendors, the institutions and organizations involved and the whole CCS community.
The companies involved report valuable lessons learned about how their respective capture solutions work in a large-scale facility, and how to minimize emissions, energy demand and costs.
Typically, the technology providers share as little information as possible about their test campaigns. The vendors newfound knowledge is regarded as trade secrets. The information could become a valuable asset in a future with high demand and competition for the best CCS-solutions.
However, the open source MEA campaigns has revealed a whole new insight into important improvements in generic capture technologies.This has benefited of the whole CCS community and created a better understanding of the benefits of combining open source and proprietary research and testing.
The owners' experiences
TCM is an important element in Gassnova’s CCS Toolbox. Gassnova is proud of being a part of this global arena for testing CO2 capture technologies
TCM – an important tool for Equinor in the transition to a low carbon future
Shell is an active partner in TCM because it is a crucial platform to advance Carbon Capture and Storage
TCM is a cornerstone in TOTAL’s strategy to tackle climate change by accelerating the development and adoption of innovative CO2 capture technologies.
SINTEF: The alliance with TCM is central for SINTEFs CCS activities; together we bring CO2 capture technologies from laboratory to industrial scale
Cybernetica: TCM is a well-established center of attention in the industry, with very advanced equipment, skilled operators and wide range of owners, customers and contributors. As a newcomer in the industry, it’s a very useful arena to test and showcase technology.
ENGIE Laborelec: TCM’s three main benefits as a test arena: Good support and hosting by competent staff, top facility with good access and extensive measurement capabilities and a world renowned carbon capture demonstration plant
The United States Department of Energy’s Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact (CCSI2) is a collaboration among national laboratories, industrial partners, and academic institutions focused on applications of a suite…
ENGIE Laborelec is a leading expertise and research centre in electrical power technology. Drawing on the skills of 240 highly specialised engineers and technicians, the company is active on the…
NTNU is a university with an international focus, with headquarters in Trondheim and campuses in Ålesund and Gjøvik. NTNU has a main profile in science and technology, a variety of…
The Clean Fossil and Bioenergy (CleanFaB) Research Group is an interdisciplinary team of researchers. The main area of research is on how clean energy technology and greenhouse gas removal (GGR)…
Cybernetica develops, implements, commissions and maintains solutions for model-based control, supervision and optimization of industrial processes. Delivering software applications for advanced process control, providing systems and long-term services, Cybernetica is…
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducts research, development, and demonstration projects for the benefit of the public in the United States and internationally. As an independent, nonprofit organization for…
Benefits to the outside world
Test campaigns carried out at TCM have been conducted in broad collaboration with key CCS players.
- Experiments are designed and executed with industrial partners representing various industries (electricity generation, municipal waste incinerators, oil and gas industry, steel manufacturing, etc.) to support their CCS projects and their goals in reducing their CO2
- Experiments are designed and executed in collaboration with research institutes (e.g. Sintef) and universities in order to overcome potential technical and operational challenges when operating large commercial CO2 capture plants
This means that the results are of great importance in the CCS professional world and future industries that will use CCS have been watching what it takes to run an efficient CCS facility. There will be more test campaigns in the near future, so new lessons learned will be shared.
In the DOCPCC project model-based control solutions for amine based CO₂ capture plants are developed and demonstrated at TCM and at the Tiller site in Trondheim. The overall target is to…
In collaboration with TCM, EPRI have generated an independent verification protocol (IVP) that is applied to the process during testing to facilitate an independent review of the testing procedure, manual…
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact (CCSI²) is a collaboration among national laboratories, academic institutions, and industrial partners focused on applying computational tools to accelerate…
Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo, have been with TCM since its opening, using highly advanced chemical-analytical instrumentation to determine what amines are released into the atmosphere by TCM and…
The ICO₂P project aims to develop a method to monitor CO₂ storage reservoirs; by means of recording and tracking noble gas signatures as they vary in time and space due to…
This study will investigate the feasibility of flexible operation in post-combustion CO₂ capture plants by demonstrating two novel approaches to operation. The time-varying solvent regeneration scenario demonstrates the ability to store…
The purpose of the project was to analyze the transient (time-dependent) performance of the amine process. NTNU developed and detailed transient test cases based on process simulations using their dynamic…
Technology Manager Thomas de Cazenove
Thomas de Cazenove started as a Process Engineer at TCM, but worked until July 2017 in business development.
He holds a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University…