ECCSEL has implemented, operates and develops a distributed, integrated European Research Infrastructure (RI) based on a selection of the best research facilities in Europe for Carbon Capture, Transport, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). The current over 80 individual research facilities which are part of the ECCSEL ERIC RI are located in 5 countries and are owned by 23 different facility operators. The number of countries, operators and facilities will increase over time.
ECCSEL is a distributed "research infrastructure" (RI). The European Commission's definition of RIs is 'Facilities that provide resources and services for research communities to conduct research and foster innovation' (more information from the EU on European RI's).
Distributed RIs, like ECCSEL, have their facilities spread over multiple locations, rather than a single site. A central coordinating office - the ECCSEL Operations Centre - brings together and coordinates the activities of national partners across Europe. Our central coordinating office is in Trondheim, Norway and our national partners are Industry, Research Institutes and Universities.
RIs are selected by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) (an instrument created by the Commission to guide the use of RIs) based on their ‘pan-European interest’ and ability to meet the strategic research needs of European research communities.
ECCSEL has been on the ESFRI Roadmap since 2008 and is since 2018 acknowledged as an ESFRI Landmark.