Trondheim, Norway




Powders can be processed to suitable morphologies and sizes by different methods. Mechanical sizing by crushing and sieving into the wanted particle size fraction, freeze granulation, spray granulation, agglomeration, spray coating and spray drying are available techniques at different throughputs resulting in significantly different powder morphologies and particle size fractions. Equipment for calcination and heat treatment in different atmospheres are available.

Areas of research

A major part of the infrastructure is related to powder processing.


The techniques available for powder tailoring are spray drying, spray coating, spray granulation and agglomeration. The different equipment enables the production of different materials, and different batch sizes from gram scale to several kilograms per day. The equipment selected is based on processes which are easy to scale up to industrial scale. The equipment for processing of powders is the following:

Major equipment

Unit type



Rotating, tilting furnace


Calcination and heat treatment in different atmospheres

Laboratory fluid bed unit

GLATT ProCell LabSystem

Spray granulation, spray coating and agglomeration in air both batch and continuous mode

Spray dryer

GEA Mobile Minor

spray drying of materials (up to 2 kg per hour in air).

Spray dryer

ProCept module

Flexible spray dryer where the process can be easier followed using glass equipment. Typical throughput is 100 g per hour. This equipment has been risk assessed and procedures have been developed for safe operation with solvent based systems (e.g. ethanol and isopropanol)

Spray Dryer

Buchi Mini B-290

Smallest spray dryer resulting in lower throughput and easier operation


State of the Art, uniqueness & specific advantages

The equipment is very well suited for developing materials with different morphologies by different processes which are possible to scale up. The equipment is run and monitored by skilled technicians and scientists. The choice of the right experiment/experimental conditions for a specific test can also be established through discussion with our experts.

Scientific Environment

The above-mentioned powder production can be performed in a single lab. Prior to processing, it is possible to crush down materials and sieve to selected size ranges if necessary. A wide range of characterization tools are available on site in different laboratories.

Operating by


CAPTURE technologies:
Research Fields:
Material science, Physical processes, Thermodynamics
Facility's fact sheet

Location & Contacts

Trondheim, Norway
Paul Inge Dahl
RICC Contacts - Secondary contact
Rune Bredesen

Facility Availability

Unit of access (UA)
Availability per year (in UA)
100 UA (days)
Duration of a typical access (average) and number of external users expected for that access
2 UA (days)

Quality Control / Quality Assurance (QA)

Activities / tests / data are
Controlled: ISO 9001

Operational or other constraints

Specific risks:
Specific safety measures are required if applying hazardous/flammable solvent systems in the powder processing.
Legal issues

CCUS Projects

EU-Funded CCUS Projects
H2020 RIA
CHEERS - Chinese-European Emission-Reducing Solutions
Other CCUS Projects
Research Council of Norway
BIGCCS and BigCLC projects
Norwegian Research Center
MoZEES Norwegian Research Center on Zero Emission Energy Systems for Transport
Research Council of Norway
HiCath, High energy cathodes for Li ion batteries

Selected Publications

International Conference on Chemical Looping 2014, Gøteborg, 2014. (2014)
Oxygen Carrier Production - Fabrication of Oxygen Carrier Materials by Different Industrial Methods for Chemical Looping Combustion
T. Mokkelbost, Y. Larring, C. Schøning, O. Darell, A. Fossdal, A.I. Spjelkavik, M. Pishahang, V. Thoreton, K. Wiik
Chemical Looping Conference 2014, Gothenburg, 2014 (2014)
Hot attrition testing in 3 kW dual circulating fluidized bed reactor
M. Pishahang, Y. Larring, T. Mokkelbost, A. Fossdal, K.A. Andreassen, O. Darell, B. Arstad, R. Blom, Ø. Langørgen
5th national meeting on inorganic and materials chemistry, 2015 (2015)
Production and optimisation of oxygen carrier materials for chemical looping combustion
V. Thoréton, M. Pishahang, Y. Larring, T. Mokkelbost, K. Wiik
2015 E-MRS Fall Meeting, Warsaw, 2015. (2015)
Production of CaMn0.875-xFexTi0.125O3-δ granules - Optimisation of their redox kinetics for CLC
V. Thoréton, M. Pishahang, Y. Larring, T. Mokkelbost, K. Wiik
8th Trondheim Conference on CO2 Capture, Transport and Storage, Trondheim, 2015 (2015)
Effect of iron substitution on redox kinetics of CaMn0.875-xFexTi0.125O3-δ
V. Thoréton, M. Pishahang, Y. Larring, K. Wiik, T. Mokkelbost
Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Particle-Based Methods - Fundamentals and Applications, PARTICLES, 2015 (2015)
Optimal Particle Parameters for CLC and CLR Processes – Predictions by Intra-Particle Transport Models and Experimental Validation
T. Forgber, J. R. Tolchard, A. Zaabout, P. I. Dahl, S. Radl
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Volume 81, February 2019, Pages 170-180 (2019)
Gas Switching Reforming (GSR) for syngas production with integrated CO2 capture using iron-based oxygen carriers
A. Zaabout, P.I. Dahl, A. Ugwu, J.R. Tolchardb, S. Cloete, S. Amini