European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure
General Info


ECCSEL ERIC c/o NTNU, Department of Energy and Process Engineering , Kolbjørn Hejes vei 1B, 7491 Trondheim, Norway

legal status



physical, remote, virtual

The European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure (ECCSEL) aims at opening access to a European Research Infrastructure with high-quality research facilities devoted to next generation Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transport, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) and Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) technologies like BECCS and DACCS, in an efficient and structured way to help enable low to zero CO2 emissions from industry and power generation to combat global climate change. This is directly supportive to the EU Industrial Carbon Management Strategy published one the 9th February 2024 and to national Industrial Carbon Management Strategies. ECCSEL has implemented, operates and further develops a distributed, integrated RI based on a selection of the best research facilities in Europe for Capture, Transport, Utilisation and Storage of CO2. ECCSEL opens access to researchers from universities, research institutes, industry, start-ups and SMEs from Europe and beyond. Conceived and included in the ESFRI Roadmap 2008, ECCSEL was established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) in June 2017. ECCSEL ERIC started operation with five initial European founding Member countries – France, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Norway, hosting the Operations Centre.
Total Investment 1000 M€ Design Preparation 10 M€ Implementation 100 M€ Operation 0,85 M€/year Project Landmark 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 2022 2024 2026 2028 2030 2032 2034 2036 2038 RM06 RM08 RM10 RM16 RM18 RM21 LA24
Roadmap Entry
as project: 2008
as landmark: 2018
Total investment
1000 M€
Design Phase
Preparation Phase
10 M€
Implementation Phase
100 M€
Operation start
0,85 M€/year
ECCSEL ERIC operates a world-class distributed CCUS Research Infrastructure that offers access to conduct research, enabling researchers to generate substantial knowledge which can lead to new innovative solutions – more efficient products, processes and services related to CCUS – and thereby help to address societal challenges like climate change and secure energy supply. ECCSEL helps accelerating research for solutions with TRL 1 - 7 from fundamental research to verification to scaling up. This will help reaching the goals set out in the national and the EU Industrial Carbon Management strategies and goals. ECCSEL raises the technological level of European industry, start-ups and SMEs, improving their competitiveness through their involvement in instrument and technology development and service provision. ECCSEL helps to reduce costs, de-risk investments and supports and confirms safe operation of CCUS technologies. It helps to maintain Europe at the forefront of the international CCUS scientific community making the European Research Area more attractive for European and international scientists, and reinforces cooperation between research institutions. ECCSEL also helps provide insight into the social and economic impact of European science.
ECCSEL SERVICES include: In person access (external or internal researcher comes physically to ECCSEL facilities and conducts their research project with the required technical and scientific support and training); Remote access (Direct remote access to some facilities of indirect remote access through local technicians and scientists, providing them with instructions); Contract research (conduct research on behalf of someone else); Training (facility technical and scientific training, CCUS technologies scientific training, summer schools, scientific diving school, webinars); Research result and research data access (access to research results like research reports and research raw data). Other Services: Community and outreach: Community building: Scouting, brokerage, awareness creation, dissemination, ecosystem building; Market intelligence: Market intelligence, market assessments, road mapping, technology watch; Knowledge sharing: Workshops, seminars to share knowledge and experience; Representation: Representing interests during meetings & conferences, organizing (country) visits, roadshows, publications. Research: Joint research: Joint, pre-competitive R&D, secondment from companies, building new advanced laboratories; Contract research: Specific R&D, technology concept development, proof of concept; Technical support: Concept validation, prototyping, small series production; Facilities: Renting equipment, low-rate production, platform technology infrastructure, Lab facilities; Testing and validation: Certification, product demonstration, product qualification. Skills, Capacity building and Project development: Capacity Building: Workshops, technological infrastructure for education, secondment; Project development: Identification of opportunities, i.e., development of proposals; Consortium development: Match making EU research projects, setting up research consortia. ECCSEL industrial engaged community research program: The ECCSEL industrial engaged community research program is a program that is specifically designed for industry that are interested in research, pilot demonstration and/or are already in the deployment phase of first-of-a-kind CCUS facility. The industrial engaged research creates the opportunity of a potential joint research program based on research needs and structured consolidation of lessons learned. Joint research program: The joint research program is pre-competitive and is mainly the result of the research needs that have been identified in the industrial engaged community research program. The ECCSEL OC has a crucial role in pro-actively define potential scope for industrial engaged research. Based on industrial engaged community workshops and knowledge sharing sessions the potential research needs and priorities will be assessed. Training and Capacity building: The capacity building needs are being identified in the industrial engaged research workshops. This means that knowledge at ECCSEL, and industry needs to be combined with industry specific knowledge. The development of a secondment program between industry and ECCSEL needs to be established. This will need pro-active development of a training and secondment program from ECCSEL OC with input and collaboration from industry
S S H D I G I T E N V H & F P S E
EPOS ERIC - EPOS, the European Plate Observing System, is a multidisciplinary, distributed research infrastructure that facilitates the integrated use of data, data products, and facilities from the solid Earth science community in Europe. ECCSEL is preparing to make some data from EPOS available in ECCSEL and integrate it with its own data to benefit better, easier and more integrated from existing research data. ECCSEL is also intending to make some of its research data available through EPOS. EMSO ERIC - The European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory (EMSO) aims to explore the oceans, to gain a better understanding of phenomena happening within and below them, and to explain the critical role that these phenomena play in the broader Earth systems. Cooperation is in place especially in regards to looking at the impact of increasing CO2 concentration on and in the oceans. CESSDA ERIC CESSDA is the other ERIC in Norway. It provides large-scale, integrated and sustainable data services to the social sciences. It brings together social science data archives across Europe, with the aim of promoting the results of social science research and supporting national and international research and cooperation. Being also located in Norway brings some synergies in regard to being an ERIC located in a non EU country. Working together on some specific issues in relation to this location benefits both ERICs. ERIC FORUM (All ERICs): Cooperation to strengthen the coordination among ERICs and interact effectively with the EC to achieve the full implementation of the ERIC regulation. Aim is to advance operations of ERICs and to strategically contribute to the development of ERIC related policies. International cooperation with CCUS research clusters in other countries outside Europe has been initiated (USA, Australia, Japan). International Test Center Network (ITCN): An initial agreement is in preparation. In addition there is also less systematic ad-hoc cooperation as well as direct cooperation on facility owner level which can be leveraged on and lifted up to ECCSEL RI level.