Rotterdam-based scrubber manufacturer Value Maritime has developed a CO2 capture and storage module for use aboard vessels
A capture module captures CO2 from the vessel’s exhaust and uses the CO2 to charge a CO2 battery.
The capture module will be integrated in Value Maritime’s compact exhaust gas cleaning Filtree system on board Nordica, a feeder container vessel owned by Visser Shipping and operated by X-Press Feeders. The system uses patented technology to remove carbon dioxide from exhaust gas.
The CO2 is used to charge Value Maritime’s CO2 battery which is then offloaded in ports and transported to customers in other sectors who re-use the CO2. Following this, the battery returns to the vessel to be recharged with CO2 to complete the cycle.
Value Maritime said it is the first company to install a capture and storage facility on board an operational vessel. Classification society Bureau Vertitas is involved in the approval process.
Value Maritime will begin loading and offloading the CO2 batteries at the Rotterdam Short Sea Terminal, and discharge the batteries at greenhouses in Rotterdam area who re-use the CO2 to grow their crops. The company hopes to expand to Bremerhaven and Hamburg and subsequently comply with client’s request to set up CO2 infrastructure in any port clients desire.
“Installing the module will not only be beneficial for our clients, but ensures the maritime industry can achieve its goals for 2050 in the short term,” said company co-founder Christiaan Nijst.
At present, 12 vessels are equipped with the proprietary Filtree Unit and the manufacturer has a current orderbook of five, including a repeat order from Visser Shipping.
Visser Shipping owner Douwe Visser said, “We are satisfied with the Filtree systems already installed on our vessels. With the additional CO2 capture solution, we can further improve our vessel’s sustainable footprint from day one, while preparing us for future environmental regulations.”
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