The European CCUS Research Infrastructure

What is ECCSEL

ECCSEL is the European Research Infrastructure for CO2 Capture, Utilisation, Transport and Storage (CCUS). Our vision is to enable low to zero CO2 emissions from industry and power generation to combat climate change.  Our aim is to enhance European science, technology development, innovation and education in the field of CCUS.

ECCSEL ERIC is a distributed, integrated research infrastructure encompassing interlinked transnational scientific facilities and national nodes. A European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) is a full legal entity under EU law, with the goal to establish and operate, through its members, a research infrastructure of European importance on a non-economic basis.

ECCSEL offers open access to over 80 world class CCUS research facilities across Europe. Research facilities across the CCUS value chain are covered through ECCSEL, for example: Membranes, integrated CCUS systems, pressure/injection, migration, security/troubleshooting, CO2 pipeline transport and integrity, shipping of CO2, smart integrations with carbon capture and re-use into valuable products.

ECCSEL coordinates European development of facilities and their services to meet identified needs. The research infrastructure also reaches out to relevant industry and research communities to determine their research infrastructure needs to enable full-scale deployment of CCUS in Europe.



ECCSEL is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium currently with five members countries.




The French Geological Survey (BRGM) is the coordinator of the French node of ECCSEL. The French node is composed of four research institutes (BRGM, IFPEN, INERIS, Andra) and two industrial companies (EDF, TOTAL).


NTNU (The Norwegian University of Science and Technology) has been the coordinator of the ECCSEL initiative since it was put on the official ESFRI Roadmap in 2008, until 2017 when ECCSEL ERIC was established as a legal entity. NTNU is the coordinator of the Norwegian node which is composed of four research institutes and universities (NTNU, SINTEF, SINTEF ENERGY, IFE)


National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) is the coordinator of the Italian node. The Italian node is composed of 5 institutes (OGS, Sotacarbo, ENEA, University of Bologna – DICAM, LEAP).

The Netherlands

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) is the coordinator of the Dutch node. TNO is an independent research organisation and is the leading research institute on CCUS in The Netherlands.


British Geological Survey (BGS) is the coordinator of the British node. BGS is a component Research Institute of UK Research and innovation and the oldest geological survey in the world. The UK node is composed of 5 institutes (BGS, University of Sheffield, SCCS with facilities from University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University, University of Aberdeen, University of Strathclyde, TUV NEL)