As carbon capture is moving from pilot installations to real solutions, the demand for big facilities follow. In these projects no answers are given up front, and there is no direct route to the right solutions. Which is exactly why working on buildings for this type of project could be just the challenge you are looking for.
Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is new territory for engineers. When our energy colleagues start to have an idea of the specifications of a solution, they ask us to do the 'packaging'.
Denmark’s biggest single emitter of carbon is Aalborg Portland, one of the world’s leading cement producers. After testing carbon capture directly at the source on a smaller scale, COWI is now working with Aalborg Portland to help reduce the carbon emissions from production by 70 per cent – this involves capturing carbon emissions corresponding to the total emissions from 200,000 Danes.
A process where the technology, solutions and specifications are seeing constant development. And the buildings that house the installations are also seeing continual changes and iterations. It’s not easy, but it sure is challenging and fun to work on.
Your next project could be – making ‘packaging’ for big carbon capture solutions
If you are a highly qualified engineer specialised in large buildings and have five to ten years of experience, you could be working on the next carbon capture project at COWI.