ECCSELLENT, the NRRP project for the reduction of atmospheric CO2, gets underway
A project to support the Italian research sector in the field of CO2 Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS)
Last December saw the launch of activities linked to the project “ECCSELLENT - Development of ECCSEL - R.I. ItaLian facilities: usEr access, services and loNg-Term sustainability”, which aims to strengthen Italian research facilities in the field of carbon dioxide capture, utilisation, transport and storage.
This is a particularly important topic with regard to the efforts to mitigate climate change: alongside improving energy efficiency and harnessing renewable energy sources, CCUS (CO2 Capture, Utilisation and Storage) technologies have also been identified as a strategic measure with a view to reducing carbon emissions.
For the next three years, the ECCSELLENT project, which has been created as part of the European ECCSELL network, will be responsible for developing new technologies and research infrastructure in the field of CCUS, while simultaneously encouraging access to and enhancing the services and sustainability of the laboratories in the network that already operate within the CCUS sector, making it possible to reinforce scientific excellence and providing the national research system with the tools necessary to promote the decarbonisation of industry, one of society’s biggest challenges.
ECCSELLENT will be financed by 16.5 million euros from the Ministry of Universities and Research as part of NRRP Mission 4 “Education and Research” - Next Generation EU. The partners, coordinated by the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS, are the University of Bologna, the Politecnico di Milano (in partnership with LEAP, the research centre founded by the Politecnico di Milano which operates in the energy-environment sector), ENEA and the National Research Council of Italy (CNR).
Thanks to this important project, the Politecnico di Milano will be equipped with a mobile experimental system for carrying out applied research activity relating to CO2 capture processes which are crucial for the decarbonisation of hard-to-abate industry sectors,
stated Manuele Gatti and Matteo Carmelo Romano, professors at the Politecnico's Department of Energy.