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Ascent Project
Cooperation with Australian projects

EU-Australia Cooperation - The cooperation with projects endorsed by Australian Government and aligned in reducing and capture the CO2 can make a major difference in promoting low carbon energy. To this end, ASCENT projects strongly links to Australian bodies active in the framework of new generation high-efficiency CO2 capture processes such as Australian National University and the Cooperative research centre for greenhouse technologies (CO2CRC) based at the University of New South Wales. This collaborative agreement is expected to develop critical mass that is unlikely to be obtained by individual institutions working alone. Then, within those bodies, a set of complementary Australian projects on modelling and experimental of CO2 capture have been selected. Particularly, the cooperation with the Australian National University is based on two selected projects funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC): ‘The charcoal challenge and the clean coal quest’ and ‘Thermo-chemical oscillators and applications’ leading by Prof. Rowena Ball. These experimental projects will be complemented with the other Australian project carried on by CO2CRC, Capture Economics Project leading by Prof. Dianne Wiley. This further project is focused on providing a coherent assumption for the EU and Australian scenarios in the economic framework of CO2 capture. Particular considerations include methodology used, battery limits assumed and database for cost references.

EU-Australia workshop held in Lausanne- The consortium of the ASCENT  has hosted the second EU –Australia workshop in the SwissTech Convention Centre of the École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) on the 14th November 2016. The goal of this event was to facilitate the diffusion and transfer of latest results in the field of CCS within the Europe and to share the project results obtained with the twinned Australian partners and the current EU FP7 projects on the CCStechnologies: GREEN-CC, INTERACT, HIPERCAP. Click here for the details of this event.

A number of distinguished seminars have been delivered in Australia. Professor Matteo Romano from Politecnico di Milano, responsible of benchmarking activities in the ASCENT project, visited the laboratory of CO2CRC in Sydney and had the possibility to access the database developed by the research group of Dianne Wiley. See details of the seminar.

Dr. Matthew Boot-Handford from Imperial College of London has visited the Australian partners from 31st October to 15th December 2016 in order to present teh latest results of the project in distinguished seminars at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and at Sydney University (USyd). See details of the seminars.

Below you find all the presentations related to the aforementioned EU-Australian workshop and seminars.

Special session at the final project meeting - A special session at the final meeting of the project held at the Technical University of Eindhoven on the 23-24 January 2018 was dedicated to the Australian cooperation where the Executive Director of Calix Limited Australia, Eng. Mark Sceats (see picture), has reported the latest results within the EU-Australia collaboration. The main outcomes of the twinning actions in the last months were on modelling and experimental activities. Prof Dianne Wiley and Dr Min Ho from the University of Sydney have contributed on the deliverable D1.4 whereas Dr May Lim from University from New South Wales and Dr Khokan Majumdur from Calix Limited Australia have contributed on sorbent development using nano-active precursors.

The aim of this session at the Eindhoven meeting was strengthening national capacities to monitor and assess progress towards a sustainable work and to encourage regional initiatives on the exploitation of low-carbon technologies.

Indeed, the collaboration between Australia and Europe is continuing within other projects, Leilac and Socratecs, where the Calcium Looping (CaL) process investigated in ASCENT has been used respectively for cement production decarbonisation and thermo-chemical storage of solar energy.

This special session was an ideal conclusion of the EU-Au workshop hosted by the ASCENT consortium and held in Lausanne on the 16 November 2016 where the initial results within the EU-Australia cooperation were presented.

Special Australian session at the final meeting - Eng Mark Sceats from CALIX Australia

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme  FP7 under grant agreement n° 608512