Norwegian green technology outfit TECO 2030 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with US-based gases technology group Chart Industries to jointly develop carbon capture equipment for ships
The agreement will see the companies develop a carbon capture kit for ships using cryogenic carbon capture technology developed by SES, a firm acquired by Chart Industries in December 2020.
The SES technology separates the CO2 from the ships’ exhaust gases, resulting in a high-purity liquid CO2 product. The liquid CO2 is then stored on board in cryogenic storage tanks until the ship reaches port.
When offloaded from the ship, the CO2 can either be permanently stored in geological formations underground or be put to use in CO2 consuming industries in the agricultural, industrial, energy, and food and beverage sectors.
When fully developed, the carbon capture solution will become available as a key element in the TECO 2030 Future Funnel – a proprietary exhaust gas cleaning system developed by the company.
TECO chief executive Stian Aakre said “At TECO 2030, our ambition is to help ships become more environmentally friendly as well as enable them to comply with emerging climate legislation.”
“We believe carbon capture for ships will become one of several measures needed for the shipping industry to reach global decarbonisation goals.”
One of the challenges associated with carbon capture aboard ships is that storing CO2 on board ships is space consuming.
A different industry project – decarbonICE – aims to solve this by freezing CO2 out of ship’s exhaust gas to produce dense, torpedo-shaped, dry ice blocks that are then discharged into the sea. These blocks descend and then penetrate the seabed where the CO2 is stored permanently as CO2 hydrate. Readers interested in learning more about the emerging carbon capture supply chain can access Riviera’s webinar on the subject here.
“We are excited to bring our carbon capture process expertise to the maritime industry with a partner like TECO 2030 that is dedicated to solving the emissions challenges facing shipowners today,” said Chart Industries president and chief executive Jill Evanko.
“The solutions that are developed will help enable the shipping industry to reach the greenhouse gas emissions goals for 2030 and 2050 set forth by the International Maritime Organization.”
In addition to exhaust gas cleaning systems for ships, TECO 2030 is also developing hydrogen fuel cells for the maritime industry. These will enable ships to switch from fossil fuels to hydrogen produced by renewable energy.
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