Evaluation by the Scientific Advisory Board
The CCSP program contributed to the research of carbon capture and storage with solid scientific results. It also provided a thorough technoeconomic evaluation to support national policy making.
Strong industrial involvement ensured that the achieved results linked well to industrial needs. The research program highlighted carbon capture and utilization technologies that can lead Finland to the cutting edge in the field as a developer and tester. Commercialization of the technologies will require an increasingly sharp focus on the most promising options.
The CCSP program included extensive international collaboration, which will also be crucial to future success. International collaboration could advance particularly the demonstration of technologies in large-scale pilot units.
As the CCSP program now ends, research on carbon capture and storage is in a critical phase in Finland. Opportunities are good, but the field is lacking follow-up funding and a clear path for pilot plants. Finland does have a strong leadership potential for some of the emerging CO2 capture technologies, particularly with regard to modeling and associations with bio-CCS. We recommend that a limited array of the most promising options in this category be developed towards commercial-scale in the hope that Finland can become a technology provider. Similarly, we recommend that Finland select one or two of the most promising niche utilization technologies to develop towards commercialization.
Dr. Mohammad Abu Zahra, Masdar Institute
Dr. William Mitch, Stanford University
Prof. Ben Anthony, Cranfield University
The progress of the CCSP program was monitored and reviewed by an appointed Scientific Advisory Board, which convened twice during the course of the program.