Institutional collaboration on CO2 research actions between Norway and China
Goal of the Project:
To join complementary proficiencies in China and Norway in developing a targeted CCS agenda based on common ideas on technological research, development and demonstration in areas of common concern.
With Tsinghua University, Beijing, and Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, P.R. China.
Workshops setting targets and priorities, conducting collective intelligence events, ideating joint research actions, mainly in two directions. Pre-defining new additional projects.
a) Shared interest b) Complementary interest, theoretical and experimental approaches, whereof the Chinese are prone to emphasise the latter c) Possibility to make use of Chinese super computers
To define projects that match with actual calls for proposal by mid 2015
Results to date:
The purpose of RANC is to develop close ties between SINTEF Energy Research and the Tsinghua University (Beijing) and Zhejiang University (Hangzhou) on fundamental matters pertaining to CCS. Two areas are being pursued: thermo-physical properties and advanced combustion techniques.
Throughout three topical workshops, in March and October 2013 and in June 2014, knowledge has been generously shared and conceptions have been ideated. The challenge is prioritising of ideas within a common framework suitable for subsequent joint actions under existing funding schemes in Norway and China.
One possible framework to further assess is modelling of multiple-sources-multiple sinks. The rationale is that the future will need analytical tools for the strategic planning of new transport systems for piped and tanked CO2, taking into consideration collectible CO2 sources within a region or a nation to be stored or used at various locations. Moreover, this framework will need input, knowledge and specific research, testing and verification, to be provided by all partners.
The other framework to further assess is joining efforts in advanced combustion modelling work via direct numerical simulation techniques, using the open Pencil-code (partly developed by SINTEF) and Chinese super computers. The rationale is the need for emerging CCS concepts making use of unconventional fuels, or using traditional fuels burned unconventionally. It is necessary to improve the predictability of such concepts, even at a micro level.
A fourth workshop will be held in Trondheim in June 2015. Here to two frameworks will be taken to the final step, to the level of firm proposals. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen if there will be any call for proposals open for these frameworks – either for both or either of the two.