ECONOMY

Project paves way for lower maritime CO emissions

Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a leading classification society, and Process Systems Enterprise Ltd (PSE), a global provider of advanced process modeling technology, on Tuesday released the results of the Maritime CCS (carbon capture and storage) project.

The project, now concluded, has successfully developed a concept design for on-board chemical capture, liquefaction and temporary storage of CO for ships in transit until discharge into transmission and storage infrastructures at the next suitable port.

The results show that the concept is technically feasible and capable of reducing maritime CO emissions by up to 65 percent.

For a VLCC tanker, this could correspond to capturing more than 70,000 tons of CO per year, while creating a tradable product.

“In response to more stringent environmental regulations and complex market conditions, we see an increased demand for innovative solutions towards higher efficiency and greener operations,” says Nikolaos Kakalis, head of DNV Research & Innovation Greece.

“Our R&D activities, such as the carbon capture initiative which is completely new in the field of maritime transportation, pave the future towards next-generation solutions for achieving more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable maritime transportation.”

Professor Costas Pantelides, managing director of PSE, says: “This has been a challenging design problem with tight constraints. Applying a model-based engineering approach has been key to exploring the process decision space rapidly and effectively, and developing technically feasible and economically viable solutions.”

[BSW]