To enable the creation of BECCS systems Biorecro is working with a large number of actors. Below we present a list of our partners: IEAGHG, Innovation Norway, Mistra, The Natural Step, PCOR, Stockholm School of Economics and UNIDO.
The International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG) is an international collaborative research programme established in 1991 as an Implementing Agreement under the IEA (International Energy Agency). It studies and evaluates technologies that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions arising from the use of fossil fuels. Taking pride in being an informed and unbiased source of technical information on greenhouse gas mitigation, it aims to provide its members with definitive information on the role that technologies can take in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Biorecro has assisted IEA GHG in their work on BECCS, both in reviewing reports on this subject, as well as providing information material for decisions makers on BECCS at the COP 15 meeting in Copenhagen in 2009.
Read more about IEAGHG at http://www.ieaghg.org/.
Innovation Norway offers products and services intended to help boost innovation in business and industry in Norway, foster regional development and Norway as a tourist destination. The organisation's role is to provide or arrange financing, link customer enterprises to know-how and help them build networks for their innovation projects.
Together with the Swedish agency Tillväxtverket, Innovasjon Norge has launched a program for Norwegian-Swedish cooperation. Biorecro is heading one of the projects in this program, focusing on the BECCS technology.
Read more about Innovation Norway and http://www.innovasjonnorge.no/system/Global-toppmeny/English/.
Mistra is a foundation that funds and organises research aimed at solving strategic environmental problems. The foundation promotes the development of robust research environments of the highest international class. Mistra plays a significant role in solving major environmental problems and contribute to the development of a sustainable society. It also emphasises of achieving industrial applications wherever possible.
Mistra has launched an initiative on studying Carbon Capture and Storage from a societal rather than technological viewpoint. Within this intiative Biorecor is participating in a study together with researchers from the Scottish Center for Carbon Capture and Storage at Edinburgh University in the UK and the Tellus Institute in Boston, Massachusetts in the US. The study was published in a special edition of the scientific journal Global Environmental Change in May 2011.
Read more about Mistra at http://www.mistra.org/english.
The Natural Step is a charity that was founded in 1989 as a response to the extensive health and environmental problems that our lifestyle and the systemic errors of our society have caused. To engage businesses, policy makers and individuals an effort was made to increase knowledge about the underlying causes of the problems.
Together with Biorecro, The Natural Step has initiated work to evaluate and certify
Biorecro's BECCS processes. In this way, the BECCS processes will become visible
and tied to other parts of society through a competent and committed environmental organization.
Learn more about The Natural Step's collaboration with Biorecro here.
The Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership, PCOR, is a research program funded by the US Department of Energy together with industry partners. A total of some 80 companies, organizations and government agencies are official partners to the program, including Biorecro.
The main objective is to identify the potential for geological carbon dioxide storage and natural storage sites in the central parts of the US and Canada. The area covered is more than 3 500 000 square kilometers, and the program is included as one of seven regional programs in a federal effort to amp the entire US potential for carbon storage.
So far, the seven subprogrammes together have been given a budget of more than one billion US dollars from the US Department of Energy. Within PCOR, a series of field studies on storage in a variety of underground formations and from different types of carbon sources are currently being performed.
Here you will find more information about PCOR: www.undeerc.org/PCOR/default.asp
The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) is one of Europe's leading business schools. SSE was founded in 1909 on the initiative of Swedish business leaders, and the School has maintained close ties with the business community ever since.
Together with SSE and participants in the international CEMS student exchange program, Biorecro has conducted three studies around the concept of BECCS. One of these studies analysed the potential of deploying BECCS systems on Swedish pulp mills and biomass power plants. The results showed that this option is not only economically attractive compared to alternative climate mitigation measures, but has also a very large untapped potential. The study indicated that more than 25 million tons of negative emissions per year could be produced with BECCS in Sweden by 2020.
Read more about Stockholm School of Economics at http://www.hhs.se/Pages/default.aspx.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency that aims to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition as well as working towards improving living conditions in the world's poorest countries by drawing on its global pool of resources and expertise.
UNIDO prepares and implements projects that support the development of new and efficient technologies that aim to reduce climate-damaging greenhouse gases in support of the Climate Convention and Kyoto Protocol negotiation process. One of such selected projects is to help heighten knowledge in commercializing and maximizing the potential of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, especially in large-scale industries by developing CCS technology roadmaps for various industry sectors and complementing other ongoing road-mapping exercises for other key energy technologies.
Biorecro has assisted UNIDO with expertise on the roadmap for CCS applied to biomass industries, with assessments of the global potential of BECCS, as well as with the technologies and applications which are most interesting to study for BECCS applications.
Read more about UNIDO at http://www.unido.org.