Det Norske Veritas AS and Process Systems Enterprise Ltd announced a collaborative R&D project aimed at developing blueprint designs to reduce maritime CO2 emissions.
Det Norske Veritas AS, the leading maritime classification society, and Process Systems Enterprise Ltd (PSE), process development consultancy and providers of the gPROMS advanced process modelling system, announced a collaborative R&D project aimed at developing blueprint designs for on-ship carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to reduce maritime CO2 emissions. A recent International Maritime Organisation (IMO) study estimates maritime CO2 emissions at over 1000m tonnes per year, about 3% of total anthropogenic CO2 emissions. With these expected to increase threefold by 2050 the IMO is likely to introduce regulations to reduce emissions.
The Maritime CCS project aims to develop a blueprint design for an on-board process for chemical capture and temporary storage of CO2 for ships in transit until discharge into transmission and storage infrastructures at the next suitable port.
The project, jointly financed by the two partners plus the UK"s Technology Strategy Board and the Norwegian Research Council under the Eurostars initiative, will take into account the unique challenges posed by the maritime environment, including constant ship movement, limited space and access to utilities, stringent safety requirements and the need for energy efficiency.
Project leader PSE is a leader in model-based innovation (MBI), which applies high-fidelity mathematical models to accelerate innovation, manage development risk and optimise process design and operation. Its gPROMS modelling technology is widely used in the oil & gas, chemicals, power generation, clean energy and other process sectors, and underpins much current European R&D in CCS applications.
DNV is a world-leading classification society that assists its customers within the maritime industry to manage risks in all phases of a ship"s life, through ship classification, statutory certification, fuel testing and technical, business risk and competency-related services. DNV"s Research & Innovation activities in greener shipping, maritime logistics and safety also enable it to deliver high-quality consultancy services.
Dr Nikolaos Kakalis, Head of DNV Research & Innovation Greece, says ?the concept of maritime carbon capture is completely new in the field of maritime transportation, with no current end-to-end solution available. With the competence that DNV has in maritime R&D, we intend to provide the European shipbuilding and relevant manufacturing industries with a sound basis for the development of CCS systems for ships?.
Prof. Costas Pantelides, Managing Director of PSE, says ?This is a challenging design problem with tight constraints, and the application of our MBI technology will be key to developing technically feasible and economically viable solutions. The project is fully aligned with PSE"s aim of being the leading provider of modelling technology and know-how to companies developing CCS solutions.?