Accelerated deployment of integrated CCUS chains based on solvent capture technology

AURORA is a three-and-a-half-year project funded by the European Union’s HORIZON EUROPE research and innovation programme, which aims to optimise and qualify the open, non-proprietary CESAR1 solvent-based carbon capture technology for commercial deployment.


EU funds


EU countries

Pilot sites

Full CCUS chain assessment and conceptual studies

Technology qualification and benchmark establishment


Preparation of pilot demonstrations

Demonstration of optimised solvent and process in pilots

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Our pilots

Tiller C02 laboratory

The CO2 laboratory at Tiller is a highly equipped test facility for development of post-combustion CO2 capture technologies, as well as a research lab for flue gas pre-treatment analysis and emission research. AURORA will use the Tiller plant to test the CESAR1 solvent.

Mobile Test Unit (MTU)

The Mobile Test Unit (MTU), Aker Carbon Capture's modular CO2 capture test facility, easily transportable and generating representative data for industrial CO2 capture applications, will be transported to one of the end-user sites in Greece.

Technology Center of Mongstad (TCM)

Following trials on the much smaller Tiller pilot plant and the first on-site test campaign with the smaller MTU, the TCM pilot plant will be used to confirm the optimum composition of the CESAR1 solvent for large-scale industrial projects without precipitation problems.

Our innovations

Holistic optimisation of solvent composition, process design, monitoring, control and emissions management.

Models validated for use in commercial process simulators.

Improved waste heat integration with carbon capture to reduce external heat demand and operating costs.

Improved, integrated advanced control system to reduce operating costs and optimise performance.

Our project partners

The AURORA consortium involves 12 partners from industry, research, and academia and has considerable involvement of industrial companies.