The main objective of the ECCSEL Preparatory Phase (PP) is to address the primary tasks necessary to establish a new European world-class distributed research infrastructure (RI). 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.
Focus is to perform state-of-the-art research on technologies enabling CO2 capture, transport and storage (CCS).
The PP aims at bringing ECCSEL to the level of legal and financial maturity required for implementation. Efforts will be focussed towards management planning, governance, financing, legal issues, strategy and technical work. This will be performed in line with the project idea and the vision of ECCSEL, pursuant to its objectives and targets.
The ECCSEL PP is split into two phases, each lasting for approximately 2 years:
- ECCSEL PP1 started on 1 January 2011;
- ECCSEL PP2 started on 1 January 2013.
ECCSEL PP2 will establish the prerequisites for two operational outlets:
- The Research Infrastructure comprising European laboratory facilities;
- The Operations Centre (OC) which will form the overarching superstructure, the coordinating body of ECCSEL.
Emphasis will be placed on:
- Outlining and preparing the structure, mandate and commercial aspects of (the to be in 2015 established) ECCSEL, resulting in the format of a prospectus, the ECCSEL Business Plan;
- Implementation planning of the research infrastructure as required to form ECCSEL;
- Knowledge and innovation management in science and technology pertaining to:
- The systemic handling of distributed research laboratory facilities;
- Improvement of the research infrastructure and its related services;
- Second (and third) generation CCS technology aiming especially to reduce the energy penalty, lowering the cost of electricity (or industrial yields) and cutting the lead time for CCS.
Preparatory Phase work distribution
The project is organized in six work packages (WPs). The overall strategy is schematically presented in the figure at the end.
ECCSEL Business Plan (WP1)
The main objective of WP1 is to provide the prerequisites for establishing ECCSEL by 2015. As part of this, WP1 will prepare a consented ECCSEL business plan for sustainable operations of the infrastructure.
This WP will ensure that infrastructure needs of ECCSEL (provided by WP3) are harmonised with the committed funding resources and consented strategy. Additionally WP1 will have the statutes of the legal entity for ECCSEL signed by the consortium members of ECCSEL (by end of 2014). It will also provide a communication plan aimed at convincing funding agencies in member states and associated countries, regional funds as well as industries to invest in ECCSEL operations. Ownership by all partners will be established through communication and document reviews.
ECCSEL Operations Centre – Implementation Plan (WP2)
Objective of WP2 is to finalise the prerequisites for establishing the ECCSEL Operations Centre and its underlying services by 2015. This WP will complete specific parts of the ECCSEL Business Plan to accommodate the Operations Centre. Goal is to ensure proper operations and services of ECCSEL by direct partner involvement.
Whereas the operation of each laboratory will be decentralised, a joint overarching superstructure will be mandated to coordinate the overall actions within ECCSEL. The ECCSEL Operations Centre shall be defined by the required operational functions, structure, provided services, localisation, bylaws and the required financing needed for its operations.
ECCSEL Research Infrastructure – Implementation Plan (WP3)
Main objective of WP3 is to enable ECCSEL to form a world-class CCS research infrastructure. This WP will establish the inventory of ECCSEL by locating and describing the existing infrastructure and by determining and quantifying the needs for upgrades and new laboratories. WP3 will carry out initial studies for technical planning, structuring, and budgeting as well as accomplishing the initial logistical planning of ECCSEL.
The purpose of this work package is to establish a viable plan for implementing ECCSEL. The implementation plan shall cover the initial phase and the (early) advanced phase in time spells of 5 to 10 years.
Main objective of WP4 is to increase the potential for innovation. This is the basis for enabling the ECCSEL RI to deliver knowledge and innovation to market players (industry, NGOs, planning authorities).
The purpose of this work package is to ensure that specific innovation processes will be pursued as part of the project, and subsequently in the implementation of ECCSEL (by 2015 and beyond), aimed at creating better and more efficient ideas, processes, technologies and products.
In ECCSEL, the integration of different laboratories is expected to have an impact on the ability of the consortium to drive innovation. For this reason, ECCSEL will provide a venue for confronting ideas to broaden the communicative basis within the consortium and with industrial players around the world. This may result in strategic advantages, such as:
- Novelty, by offering services that nobody else can offer
- Competence, by extending the level of expertise within CCS research beyond the state-of-the-art
Communication and Networking – seeking stakeholder engagement (WP5)
Main objective of WP5 is to make efforts to engage in relevant knowledge markets. Goal is to attract the interest from relevant institutions and industrial players seeking involvement in ECCSEL in actions devoted to integrating activities and joint research.
This WP will provide appropriate communication strategies and communication planning as well as ensure science outreach and increase public awareness/understanding of the societal potential of CCS.
In this work package, proper communication and networking are crucial components for ECCSEL to achieve its stated objectives and targets, and to realise its vision and the description of forming ECCSEL. Communication strategies and communication plans particularly apply to the preparation of events for approaching stakeholders to obtain firm commitments, especially with regard to soliciting and negotiating funding and stakeholder engagement.
Project management and coordination (WP6)
Main objective of WP6 is to ensure proper performance, progress and coordination of ECCSEL PP2.
The Project Coordinator will be empowered by the General Assembly to manage the project in terms of its legal, financial and administrative aspects. This implies that the Project Coordinator will have the sole authority of interacting with the General Assembly and the Scientific Officer nominated by the European Commission. Project reports will be produced in close cooperation with the WP-leaders, drawing upon resources assigned to the various work packages.
Overall strategy of the work plan