Customer stories: Swedish-Brazilian Cooperation to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emission

The EU has a climate target to reduce carbon emissions by 2020. One solution could be to store carbon dioxide in bedrock. Acreo Swedish ICT was part of a Swedish-Brazilian consortium with a mission to develop the necessary measurement techniques.

The EU’s climate target puts carbon-intensive industries under pressure. They will not only have to reduce the amount of carbon in the air, but also develop techniques to handle the emission of this greenhouse gas. One possible solution would be to store the carbon dioxide under high pressure in bedrock. International experiments show that the method can work, but also that it places great demands on quality assurance and continuous measurement. This requires advanced measurement instruments that can withstand extreme environmental conditions.

Acreo Swedish ICT participated in a Swedish-Brazilian consortium to develop a system to monitor carbon layers, with special focus on pressure measurement and the measurement of carbon dioxide concentrations.

“It is particularly gratifying that three high-tech companies in Hälsingland were globally significant in environmental innovations” says Åsa Claesson, department manager at Acreo Fiber Optics and site manager in Hudiksvall.

The Swedish companies in the consortium complement each other greatly. Acreo has extensive experience in developing advanced and robust measurement techniques, SenseAir is a world leader in carbon dioxide sensors, and Fibertronix AB develops and produces optical fibers for demanding sensor applications, particularly in the energy sector.

“For SenseAir the project meant that we could both customize our products to another exciting and demanding application, and possible access to a new market in Brazil,” says Hans Martin, research director at SenseAir.

In Brazil the system development was carried out at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in close collaboration with, among others, the Brazilian energy giant Petrobras. The funding came from VINNOVA and the participating companies.