International Test Center Network Panel

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 2:35pm-3:25pm CDT

Reduction of CO2 emissions is an international issue, requiring international solutions. The International Test Center Network (ITCN) was co-founded by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) and Test Center Mongstad (TCM) to share public information among test facilities around the world. The NCCC has also assumed leadership and is the current host site of the ITCN. Formed in 2012 in collaboration with DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, the ITCN facilitates knowledge-sharing among carbon capture test facilities around the world to accelerate the commercial deployment of carbon capture technologies.

ITCN membership includes operators of major CO2 capture test sites—CO2CRC’s Otway Research Project, CSIRO's Loy Yang and Tarong test centers, E.ON’s Wilhelmshaven power plant, Huaneng's Clean Energy Research Institute, KEIR's Hadong and Boryeong test centers, Norway’s CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, SaskPower’s Shand Power Station, SINTEF’s Tiller facility, the U.K.’s Pilot-Scale Advanced Capture Technology facilities, and from the USA, the NCCC, the University of North Dakota Energy & Environment Research Center, and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research.

The shared knowledge of the ITCN is expected to contribute significantly to the development of cost-effective, commercial CO2 capture technologies. With semi-annual workshops, ITCN members have tackled critical issues of post-combustion capture such as emissions and degradation of amine-based solvents, permitting requirements, and control of aerosol formation. Results of the in-depth studies conducted by the network will be published for public benefit.

This panel will present status and future plans of the ITCN.

Chair: Frank Morton, National Carbon Capture Center

Panelist: Kunlei Liu, University of Kentucky
Panelist: Jon Gibbins, UK CCS Research Centre
Panelist: Abdul Qader, CO2CRC

Jon Gibbins

Jon Gibbins has worked on coal and biomass gasification and combustion for over 30 years, at Foster Wheeler, Imperial College, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sheffield and on carbon capture and storage (CCS) since 2002. He is currently Professor of Power Plant Engineering and Carbon Capture at the University of Sheffield and Director of the UK CCS Research Centre (, which is supported by Research Councils UK to lead and coordinate a programme of underpinning research on all aspects of CCS in support...Read more

Abdul Qader

Dr Abdul Qader is the Capture Manager for CO2CRC, the leader in full chain CCS R&D in Australia. He joined this organisation in 2007 pioneering in the capture research and demonstration activities. He managed implementation of 8 pilot plants under industrial setting covering pre-combustion, post-combustion and gas separation, with more on the horizon. Dr Qader has Chemical Engineering background with 37 years of experience in this field.Read more

Jesse Thompson

Jesse Thompson received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Western Michigan University in 2011. He joined CAER in 2012 as a Postdoctoral Scholar and is now a Principal Research Scientist in charge of the Analytical Research Group.

Dr. Thompson’s current research is focused on developing analysis methods to identify and quantify secondary environmental contaminants including nitrosamines, oxidative and thermal degradation products of amine solvents, and trace heavy metals from carbon capture solvents, wastewater and gas phase emissions using high resolution mass...Read more