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ECCSEL will enable high-ranking researchers and scientists from all regions of Europe (and from third countries) to access state-of-the-art research facilities to conduct advanced technological research relevant to CCS.

Main goals of the ECCSEL INFRADEV-3 project are:

  • Implement ECCSEL as a not-for-profit organisation consistent with the European Research Infrastructure Consortium legal framework
  • Initiate operations of ECCSEL as a world-class CCS research infrastructure in accordance with the principles developed during the preparatory phase
  • Develop the research infrastructure to an upgraded common standard in terms of quality of services, management and access provision

The project has the following specific objectives:

  • Establishment and alignment of managerial and organizational procedures for proper handling of legal, contractual and operation issues:
    • Organization, setting up and initial running of the ECCSEL Operations Centre (central hub) and national Nodes
    • Follow up and finalize legal issues related to the ECCSEL legal status
    • Initiate and improve operation through the coordination of a transnational access programme
    • Develop tools to monitor, assess progress, and to unlock the innovation potential, evaluate ECCSEL against its objectives, ensure quality and coherence during the implementation and operational phase
    • Perform a risk assessment and suggest mitigation actions
  • Initiate operation and perform research and innovation activities by launching the first call for proposals granting access to existing facilities for researchers to carry out experimental work subject to:
    • Assessment of relevance
    • Expected impacts and
    • Quality of their proposed research activities
  • Implement and ensure a sustainable business case for ECCSEL by establishing a resilient link with stakeholders from the public and private sector to :
    • Reinforce the involvement of the different stakeholders and the growth of ECCSEL
    • Enable industrial engagement and support
    • Secure fund flow from private and public sector
    • Enlarge the number of memberships
  • Implement the ECCSEL research infrastructure and enhance its technical architecture to achieve a common standard by:
    • Defining assessment criteria and key performance indicators (KPI) for facility performance and management
    • Revising and restructuring existing research facilities (CAT-1) according to technology value chains, methodologies and common standards. Establish protocols defining requirements for technical operation and HSE
    • Prioritizing and providing detailed techno-economic assessments for the upgrading of facilities (CAT-2) and the establishment of new facilities (CAT-3) as a decision base to launch the construction
  • Develop ECCSEL Research Strategy and identify key research challenges and strategic objectives for the period 2016-2026 :
    • Exchange best practices in each of the thematic areas Capture, Transport, Storage
    • Identify synergies, exchange expertise, common standards, joint engagement of user groups, interaction and dialogue with other coordination groups e.g. EERA, ZEP.
    • Develop a roadmap of research activities and priorities for first five years of operation (with outline for ten years)
    • Deliver a User Strategy - mapping of users, identify needs
  • Develop a capacity building programme and provide training to the prospective users:
    • Develop high-level training actions to provide  the necessary skills to the users accessing the facilities through the Transnational Access Programme, in order to maximize the research results they can get thanks to ECCSEL
    • Promote the exchange of personnel inside ECCSEL, in order to manage the pan European infrastructure as a whole, offering appropriate support to the users and better planning the ECCSEL evolution through the time
  • Follow the communication strategy and outreach plan (defined in the preparatory phase of the project) to promote ECCSEL, attract users and gain their trust:
    • Develop outreach and dissemination tools
    • Initiate awareness campaigns to attract users for the Transnational Access programme
    • Strengthen the links between partners and countries participating in ECCSEL
    • Disseminate the output from the ECCSEL programme to the CCS community 
This RI will be set up under a central hub responsible for the coordinated management of multiple research facilities operating under a joint hallmark, ECCSEL. 
The ECCSEL INFRADEV-3 Project has a duration of 2 years from 1. September 2015 to 31 August 2017.

ECCSEL INFRADEV-3 Project work distribution

The project is organised in seven work packages (WPs):

Figure: PP I and PP II outcome and links with this project.


Central management and Coordination of Access (WP1)

WP1 focusesd on the establishment and alignment of managerial and organizational procedures for proper handling of the legal, contractual and operation issues of ECCSEL. Quality management, innovation management and risk assessment tools will be developed and implemented during the course of this project. In addition WP1 will coordinate the Transnational Access Programme offered through WP8-WP21 specifically the launch of calls for access, and the review and selection of the users projects according to the rules specified for integrating activities and in line with the access principles and policy of ECCSEL.

Contact: Volker Röhling, NTNU, Norway


Business Case Consolidation & Enlargement of Membership (WP2)

This work-package is devoted to consolidating and enlarging commitment of Member States to the organic growth model and will work towards developing the final funding model and a five years funding strategy plan. In addition it will enable industrial engagement and deliver an enlarged membership status from public and private sectors. ECCSEL operations will start with its current members associated with an inventory of resources, including pre-existing research facilities and pronounced expertise. In order to be conceived as a pan-European CCS research infrastructure, more nations will be encouraged to sign up for ECCSEL membership. WP-2 delivers the Business Case of ECCSEL. It interacts with WP3 and has strong interdependences with WP5 and WP6.

Contact: Robert de Kler, TNO, The Netherlands


Implementation & Development of ECCSEL Research Infrastructure (WP3)

Main focus of WP3 is on the implementation of research infrastructure and will work towards delivering the decision basis for the construction phase to the Board of Directors. The work will be steered by the Research Infrastructure Coordination Committee. It will involve among others harmonization activities and definition of common standards for the technical operation of the existing facilities to support the Transnational Access Programme. Finally WP3 will provide the foundation for the decision to construct ECCSEL research infrastructure supported by detailed techno-economic studies for the required upgrades (CAT-2) and the construction of new facilities (CAT-3). WP3 is strongly linked with WP2 as will facilitate any funding decisions and support the development of the Business Case.


Long–term Research Strategy (WP4)

WP4 aims at identifying key research challenges and strategic objectives for the ECCSEL research infrastructure for the period 2016-2026. This will encompass all areas of CCS capture, transport and storage and will facilitate building a technical activity plan in these areas. As the commercial operations of ECCSEL rely on the extent these facilities will be accessed and utilised, they must strategically relate to credible needs and potential users. Thus this WP will include the mapping of users and future research and deliver the final User Strategy of ECCSEL. In the process of information gathering WP4 will interact with stakeholder and coordinating bodies such the EERA and ZEP technology platform and exploit the parallel outreach activities of WP6. A five year Research Strategy Roadmap (RSR) will be developed to provide a prioritised list of research topics to meet predicted user needs up to 2021 as well as undertaking a horizon scan to 2026.

Contact: Helen Taylor, BGS, United Kingdom


Capacity Building (WP5)

WP5 foces on developing a training strategy and providing training to prospective users. Capacity building is a key element for successful operation of a Research Infrastructure, especially when strongly characterized by a pan-European dimension, such as ECCSEL. One of the pillars of capacity building is the definition of good practises, assuring a high standard of operation and the sharing of knowledge. Spreading of good practises will be assured for ECCSEL through different means, including the exchange of personnel of ECCSEL partners, thus guaranteeing improvements in the use of every e facility and of the entire infrastructure. The need for a defined and shared training strategy is then one of the priorities of the entire ECCSEL community. Training plays a key role guaranteeing the scientific quality of the products of research developed under the ECCSEL hallmark. Training will be also addressed to the prospective users accessing the facilities through Transnational Access, by providing training courses focused on the use of the research infrastructure.

Contact: Michela Vellico, OGS, Italy


Outreach-Dissemination (WP6)

This work-package will implement the outreach and communication strategy developed during the preparatory phase to promote ECCSEL, communicate with stakeholders and attract users to Transnational Access Programme. It will initiate awareness campaigns to attract users for the Transnational Access Programme and strengthen the links between partners and countries participating in ECCSEL. Moreover this WP will disseminate the output from the Transnational Access programme to the CCS community though a set of actions and dissemination events.


Project Coordination (WP7)

Project Coordination to provide support to the consortium for fulfillment of the project administration and the EC reporting requirements.

Contact: Sverre Quale and Volker Röhling, NTNU, Norway


Transnational Access (WP8-WP21)

Those work-packages will offer access to users in ECCSEL existing facilities (CAT-1). It involves research and innovation activities in all areas of CCS performed by the users granted access to ECCSEL research facilities based on common access modalities and a peer review procedure for project selection.

Contact: Sverre Quale and Volker Röhling, NTNU, Norway


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 675206

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