Project title: A European Network of Research Infrastructures for CO2 Transport and Injection
Project leader: dr hab. inż. Maciej Chaczykowski, prof. uczelni
Lead entity implementing the project at the WUT: WIBHiIŚ
Call, programme or project name: HORIZON-INFRA-2022-TECH-01-01
Implementation period: 01.01.2023 – 30.06.2026
Funding institution: European Commission
The EU has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 and becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Deployment of CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) from different industrial sectors across Europe is a powerful fast track approach to abate CO2 emissions. CO2 transport and injection are the essential links between capture sites and storage reservoirs. The goal of ENCASE is to contribute to a safer, more cost-effective, and environmentally friendly CO2 transport and well injection. ENCASE aims to continuously improve 7 world-leading CCS-related research infrastructures (RIs) in the consortium with state-of-the-art scientific instruments, tools and methods to be the backbone for research and development of CCS technologies.
As part of the ENCASE consortium, Warsaw University of Technology will develop a numerical model and simulation tool for CO2 streams in pipeline networks with the aim to track the quality, evaluate the most suitable configuration of purification units, and conduct a sensitivity analysis regarding thermodynamic and transport properties . Simultaneously a numerical model for multiphase flow of CO2 in pipelines will be developed and validated to fill in missing gaps in knowledge and improve accuracy. Special emphasis will be placed on the diameter scaling and emergency situations scenarios such as depressurization.
Co-development of technologies will enhance the capability of RIs, increase RI personnel’s competence and enable these RIs to better address and close key knowledge gaps. ENCASE will safeguard and increase the competitiveness of these European RIs through strong collaboration with the CCS infrastructure operators, service companies, academia, and SMEs. The RIs will be available for the industry/SMEs for prototyping their new equipment/technology, e.g., pumping concepts, metering technologies, and simulator tools for monitoring, controlling and predicting the CO2 streams with impurities. The high-quality data produced in ENCASE will lift the knowledge level of industry and academia, which will contribute to the development of innovative companies and the education of future workforce for the CCS industry. Social innovation labs and cocreation initiatives will be developed by involving different stakeholders to address specific societal needs and better integrate the RIs in the local communities. Our success will improve the design and operation of CCS infrastructures and contribute to meeting the EU climate goals. Thus, the enhanced research capacity build by ENCASE will benefit scientific community, industry, policy-makers, environment and society.