In her first years of her job, Inga worked with technology development, including process optimization, research and testing of solvents used to capture CO2. This now forms the basis for the carbon capture technology and products Aker Solutions is offering to the market.
How has your career developed?
When joining Aker Solutions in 2011, I got the chance to help with the start-up of the capture plant we delivered to Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) – the world’s largest facility for testing and improving CO2 capture technologies. There I was following up Aker Solutions’ test program, mainly testing different solvents to use in the chemical reactions with CO2. We learned a lot from these tests on an industrial scale and the results are now applied to our offerings.
Now our focus is on designing the actual process of capturing CO2. I am working on developing an energy efficient CO2 capture process for a cement producer in the south of Norway. As a process engineer, I am among other things calculating pipe dimensions, selecting required equipment and establishing the heat and mass balances.
What originally attracted you to work for Aker Solutions?
I wanted to use my background for the sake of the climate. At the same time, I was triggered by the fact that carbon capture was a young technology I could potentially help develop. Taking on a job in such a new industry obviously involved some risk, but I was reassured by knowing that a large corporation like Aker Solutions holds a variety of job opportunities.
What do you like the most about your job?
It is fun to see that the products we are offering to the market now are the result of all the work my team has done over the years. This particularly goes for our new turnkey product Just Catch – a modular carbon capture and storage plant that is easy to transport and install at industry sites. I also really enjoy being a part of a team that – in my opinion – has some of the very best carbon capture experts in the world.
*CCUS technology captures CO2 from flue gas before it is released to the atmosphere and thus helps prevent global warming, or the greenhouse effect.