DNV and PSE joint project for maritime CCS

Det Norske Veritas AS and Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), have 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.

Det Norske Veritas AS and Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), have 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 per cent 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.

Dr Nikolaos Kakalis, Head of DNV Research & Innovation Greece, said: “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”.

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