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Researcher Projects and Knowledge-building Projects for Industry in the area of CCS

Funding is available for Researcher Projects and Knowledge-building Projects for Industry with start-up in 2018. This call encompasses the thematic areas of CO2 capture, transport and storage and value chains and social science research in support of technological issues.

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Deadline:
06.09.2017 13:00 CEST

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Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

The CLIMIT programme is administered jointly by the Research Council and Gassnova. The Research Council is responsible for funding R&D activities under CLIMIT R&D, and Gassnova is responsible for funding development and demonstration activities under CLIMIT Demo. This call for proposals applies to CLIMIT R&D only.

Up to NOK 85 million has been set aside for new projects. This is the total funding amount available for this call and the call for proposals for Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector, which has an application deadline of 11 October 2017.

No guidelines have been set for how the available funding is to be distributed between Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector, Researcher Projects and Knowledge-building Projects for Industry, respectively. Priority will be given to Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector and Knowledge-building Projects for Industry provided the proposals are of strategic importance and of high enough quality.

Guidelines and important considerations relevant to all types of applications in this call for proposals:

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Guidelines and specifications for this call for proposals

All grant applications must lie within the scope and objectives of the CLIMIT programme’s mandate and the CLIMIT Programme Plan 2017–2022. They must also satisfy the requirements and guidelines set out in this call for proposals.

Grant proposals must address one or more of the following thematic priority areas:

  1. Early full-scale CCS value chain in Europe
    Grant proposals within this thematic priority area must help to make Norwegian technology and solutions available to the CCS value chains being realised in Norway and Europe. They must also facilitate further development of expertise and technology solutions based on experience gained from the first full-scale projects.
  2. Large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian shelf in the North Sea
    Grant proposals within this thematic priority area must promote the acceleration and scale-up of technology and solutions for large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian continental shelf in the North Sea.
  3. Future solutions for CCS
    Grant proposals within this thematic priority area must be targeted towards developing more competitive, cost-effective and safe CCS technology for a wider range of industries.

A more detailed description of these areas is provided in the CLIMIT Programme Plan.

The CLIMIT programme will contribute to the development of technology and solutions for CCS and is focused on accelerating commericalisation and implementation. The grant proposal must therefore describe how research activities will advance the development of CCS technology to the next stage, including a maturation process from CLIMIT R&D to demonstration activities under CLIMIT Demo. All grant proposals must also describe the relevance of the research to industry or how the research will become relevant to industry. This applies to basic research as well.

Larger projects (i.e. up to NOK 15–20 million) can generate significant momentum when it comes to commercialising CCS technology. Larger projects are encouraged, especially those in which several research groups along with industry and other stakeholders  carry out cross-cutting collaboration on long-term, targeted research activities. Such projects may incorporate the amalgamation of diverse technology components and entire value chains, but the work packages must be integrated. Knowledge-building Projects for Industry are generally preferred for this type of project.

Generally, grant proposals should describe how the project complements ongoing and planned activities under the Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) scheme, the ERA-NET Cofund Accelerating CCS Technology (ACT), Horizon 2020 and the Large-scale Programme for Energy Research (ENERGIX) (for hydrogen production).

Grant proposals need to address one of the following technology areas: CO2 capture, transport, storage or the CO2 value chain. The most pressing challenges lie within the areas of capture and storage, and the available funding will generally be distributed according to the following key:

  1. CO2 capture (30–40 %)
  2. CO2 transport (15–20 %)
  3. CO2 storage (30–40 %)
  4. CO2 value chain and social science research (10–20 %)

The quality of the grant proposals is of greater importance than the distribution key above. The funding granted may deviate from the planned distribution key if there are many high-quality grant proposals submitted within one or more of the three thematic priority areas.

1. CO2 capture

In this area, the programme is seeking grant proposals for projects designed to bring technologies to a more advanced level of maturity, as well as projects on cutting-edge capture technology and solutions. This could be new technology or existing technology that is utilised in new ways. Projects on solid sorbents and post-combustion technologies will not be eligible for funding under this call.

Grant proposals in the area of CO2 capture must address one or more of the following:

  • CO2 capture from industrial processes, including integrated solutions with simultaneous capture of CO2;
  • Solutions for CO2 capture from gas-fired power plants, including facilities in operation and with variable load;
  • Solutions for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (Bio-CCS), including synergies with the bioenergy industry;
  • CO2-capture solutions that include hydrogen production and value-chain considerations.

Hydrogen

Funding is available for projects addressing value-chain considerations regarding the use of hydrogen in CCS technology. Projects may incorporate hydrogen produced both through renewable energy and from gas, and the use of hydrogen in transport, industry and energy production, for instance. Proposals will only be accepted for Knowledge-building Projects for Industry in this area, and projects should preferably include different types of industry actors. In cases where an application for this type of project overlaps with technology areas covered under the ENERGIX programme, the grant application will be assessed by both the CLIMIT and ENERGIX programmes.

2. CO2 transport

In this area, the programme is seeking grant proposals for projects related to the development of solutions for transport of CO2 from Norwegian and other European sources for permanent storage in the North Sea. Such transport solutions are considered to be critical infrastructure for the realisation of CCS technologies.

Grant proposals in the area of CO2 transport must address one or more of the following:

  • Obtaining a thorough understanding of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics linked to CO2 transport by ship and pipeline to ensure safe, cost-effective transport of CO2;
  • Research of relevance to the interfaces between capture/transport and between transport/storage is particularly encouraged;
  • Projects that can increase knowledge about how CO2 combined with small amounts of other substances can be transported and injected into CO2 storage reservoirs;
  • Projects that culminate in best practice manuals for CO2 operations and for CO2 transport by ship or by pipeline;
  • International cooperation to ensure safe, cost-effective CO2 transport solutions, involving cooperation with either actors in North America or key actors in Europe and where the objective is to establish a Project of Common Interest (PCI).

A high publication level must be achieved in order to build up an open access database of thermodynamic data for mixtures of CO2 and small amounts of other substances.

3. CO2 storage

In this area, the programme is seeking grant proposals related to technology and solutions for large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian continental shelf in the North Sea.

Grant proposals must focus on one or more of the following topics:

  • Projects that promote wide accessibility of models and development of commercial simulators;
  • Environmental aspects related to CO2 storage;
  • Projects that can help to realise a CO2 storage pilot, which may be combined with a pilot for carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) on the Norwegian continental shelf;
  • CO2 storage combined with enhanced oil/gas recovery through injection of CO2 (often called EOR Plus Storage/EGR Plus Storage) The proposals must focus primarily on CO2 storage, not on oil/gas production. Increasing knowledge about storage capacity, injectivity and the long-term effects of stored CO2;
  • Mechanisms that prevent leakage of CO2;
  • Increasing knowledge about pressure build-up in CO2 storage reservoirs;
  • Developing new, ground-breaking methods and equipment for the monitoring, measurement and verification of stored CO2.

International cooperation to develop commercial CO2 storage in the North Sea will be viewed as advantageous, preferably involving cooperation with key actors in North America.

4. CCS value chain and social science research

In this area, the programme is seeking grant proposals within the CCS value chain and social science research in support of technological issues.

Primarily, social science research should be associated with technical proposals with a separate work package. The social science research must be based on research that has already been conducted in the area through, for example, the social science Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME), international studies of business models for CCS and on best practice for expansion of comparable environmental/climate technologies. The projects should give new knowledge and be linked to the planned full-scale projects in Norway.

Relevant topics of research include barriers to and incentives for technology implementation, work processes and other non-technological aspects that must be accounted for in order to promote R&D and innovation within CCS.

Importance will be attached to the following factors when assessing grant applications:

 

International cooperation 

International cooperation is a high priority both at the Research Council in general and within the CLIMIT programme. When assessing grant applications, projects incorporating extensive, high-calibre international cooperation will therefore be viewed in a positive light. Collaboration with partners in North America is of particular interest. Collaboration with European countries is also encouraged, especially ACT partner countries to promote synergies between ACT and the CLIMIT programme . 
 
Extra weight for international cooperation will be awarded to projects that involve extensive cooperation with universities and research institutes abroad. Grant proposals must describe the R&D distribution among Norwegian and international actors. Projects must also have a funding plan that documents funding from Norwegian and international sources. Each international partner must have a clearly defined role in the project, and the way in which the partner will help to achieve the project objectives must be clearly explained. 
 
Projects that incorporate the exchange of doctoral candidates, post-doctoral research fellows and researchers with universities in other countries will also be viewed in a positive light. Grant proposals must include analyses of the benefits of the researcher exchange. 
 
If the project is awarded funding, the Project Owner may seek Overseas Research Grants for doctoral and post-doctoral research fellows under the project, as well as apply to extend the post-doctoral fellowship period in connection with research stays abroad. More information on the fellowship scheme UTENLANDSSTIPEND.
 

Horizon 2020 and ACT 

Horizon 2020 will be an important instrument for developing new expertise in CO2 capture, transport and storage. It will be vital to create good synergies between projects under the CLIMIT programme and CCS projects under Horizon 2020. 
 
ACT is an instrument for transnational cooperation (an ERA-NET Cofund) in the area of CCS. It will be vital to create good synergies between projects under the CLIMIT programme and projects under ACT.
 
Project proposals that document productive synergy with activities under Horizon 2020 and/or ACT will be viewed in a positive light. 

 

Use of ECCSEL infrastructure 

The European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure (ECCSEL) is an international project for the construction and operation of a European R&D infrastructure in the area of CCS. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has responsibility for the Norwegian node of ECCSEL and has received a total of NOK 200 million from the Research Council for R&D infrastructure in the area of CCS. 
 
All researchers in Europe may apply to use the ECCSEL infrastructure. Projects that use existing research infrastructure in Norway or the other ECCSEL partner countries will be viewed in a favourable light. If investment in (depreciation of) new equipment is proposed, the grant proposal should describe how this is related to plans for ECCSEL infrastructure. If the grant proposal has no connection with ECCSEL, this should be explained in the application. 
 

Relevance and benefit to industry 

It is important that projects are of high relevance and benefit to industry. This applies to basic research as well. All grant proposals must therefore describe the relevance of the research to industry or how the research will become relevant to industry. 
 
All grant proposals are encouraged to include cooperation with relevant industry. This applies to Researcher Projects as well. Cooperation may take the form of financial contributions from industry or industry participation in the project.
 

Communication activities 

Communication and dissemination of information about CCS are essential for increasing understanding among the public at large. It will therefore be important for projects to have an effective plan for communication activities and dissemination of project results.

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