Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI)

The Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI) is a partnership among national laboratories, industry, and academic institutions that is developing and deploying state-of-the-art computational modeling and simulation tools to accelerate the commercialization of carbon capture technologies from discovery to development, demonstration, and ultimately the widespread deployment for advanced power generation. The CCSI Toolset will provide end users in industry with a comprehensive, integrated suite of scientifically validated models, with uncertainty quantification, optimization, risk analysis and decision making capabilities. The CCSI Toolset incorporates commercial and open-source software currently in use by industry and is also developing new software tools as necessary to fill technology gaps identified during execution of the project. The CCSI Toolset will (1) enable promising concepts to be more quickly identified through rapid computational screening of devices and processes; (2) reduce the time to design and troubleshoot new devices and processes; (3) quantify the technical risk in taking technology from laboratory-scale to commercial-scale; and (4) stabilize deployment costs more quickly by replacing some of the physical operational tests with virtual power plant simulations.


Taking promising new power plant technologies from concept to commercial scale normally would take 20-30 years in order to manage the overall risk of the scale-up process. Industry utilizing the CCSI toolset will be able to reduce the time and expense of new technology development. The total cost savings that could be realized by using the CCSI toolset to scale up with wide deployment is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions.


The CCSI Toolset consists of 8 product categories: basic data submodels, high resolution filtered submodels, validated high-fidelity CFD models & UQ, steady-state and dynamic process models, process optimization & UQ, integrated framework for dynamics & control, risk analysis & decision making, and crosscutting integration tools. CCSI also has an Industry Advisory Board. By working closely with industry from the inception of the project to identify industrial challenge problems, CCSI ensures that the simulation tools are developed for the carbon capture technologies of most relevance to industry. Portions of the CCSI Toolset were released in Fall 2012 and 2013. Subsequent releases are planned at the end of FY 14 and 15 with a final release planned for January 2015. As of September 2013, multiple licenses of the toolsets have been issued.

The CCSI project is led by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and leverages the DOE national laboratories’ core strengths in modeling and simulation, bringing together the best capabilities at NETL, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The CCSI’s industrial partners provide representation from the power generation industry, equipment manufacturers, technology providers, engineering and construction firms, and software vendors. The CCSI’s academic participants (Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, West Virginia University, Boston University, and the University of Texas) bring unparalleled expertise in multiphase flow reactors, combustion, process synthesis and optimization, planning and scheduling, and process control techniques for energy processes.



Background References
CCSI Project Website:

CCSI First Year Successes a report describing first year accomplishments.