Alfa Laval becomes a technology partner for carbon capture on board ships

Posted on October 5, 2022 at 2:32 p.m. by

The Maritime Executive

[By: Alfa Laval]

Alfa Laval will be a technology partner in the world’s first project to demonstrate end-to-end shipboard carbon capture at large scale

Alfa Laval will be a technology partner in the joint project launched by the Global Center for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD), Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) and Stena Bulk to study the onboard capture, storage and offloading of carbon dioxide ( CO2). Alfa Laval will bring technology and engineering expertise to the project to help understand the challenges and opportunities of deploying carbon capture technology on ships. This project will be another important step towards Alfa Laval’s decarbonization roadmap.

Alfa Laval is proud to partner with the Global Center for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD), the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), Stena Bulk and other leading players in the energy and shipping, to launch a two-year project to demonstrate shipboard carbon capture at scale. The ReMarCCAbLE (Realising Maritime Carbon Capture to Demonstration the Ability to Lower Emissions) project is the first project in the world to demonstrate end-to-end shipboard carbon capture on a large scale. The seven-member consortium will test a carbon capture unit aboard a Stena Bulk MR tanker to assess operational challenges on a vessel at sea and identify potential cost reduction measures for future commercial applications. The success of the ReMarCCAbLE project has the potential to accelerate the commercial deployment of shipboard carbon capture technology by 2026.

Professor Lynn Loo, CEO of GCMD, said: “GCMD is proud to bring together a strong group of stakeholders to drive one of the mid-term solutions needed to help the maritime sector decarbonise. The ReMarCCAbLE project is in line with GCMD’s goals of reducing barriers to adoption so that international shipping can meet or exceed the International Maritime Organization (IMO) GHG emissions reduction targets for 2030 and 2050. We look forward to leveraging Alfa Laval’s expertise in this area to activate the driver.

One more step towards decarbonization
Alfa Laval has been involved in carbon capture test projects and studies in the past, and the ReMarCCAbLE project will help further its knowledge in this area. By being part of this prestigious project, Alfa Laval aims to explore the potential of the technology to achieve decarbonization goals, to assess the validity of the technical assumptions made during the feasibility study carried out by the consortium and to analyze the challenges of integrating and operating the facility and operating the technology while navigating.

Sameer Kalra, President of Alfa Laval’s Marine Division, said: “Given that the production of carbon-free fuels on a large scale will take some time, we consider that the carbon capture associated with low-carbon fuels is one of the potential avenues to help the shipping industry navigate. to a net zero future. This partnership is therefore an excellent opportunity to develop such a solution. We want to assess the commercial and environmental implications as well as identify the challenges and opportunities in implementing a carbon capture system on board a ship. The results will help in the development of the technology on a large scale.

An ideal technology partner
The ReMarCCAbLE project is one of many Alfa Laval projects focusing on sustainability. Drawing on its technical know-how in thermal management and emission reduction technology, Alfa Laval will play a key role in facilitating this onboard carbon capture project. The project is divided into three phases. From the first phase of the project, Alfa Laval will play a key role in the design, engineering, testing and installation of the solution on board the MR tanker. Not only will Alfa Laval support the project with its technological experience in this field, but it will also make Alfa Laval’s test and training center available to test the carbon capture installation and to train the crew before installation. on a ship.

“For us, it’s about being at the forefront of the evolution of new sustainable technologies and supporting their development into an environmentally and economically viable solution that can benefit our customers,” says Sameer. “Decarbonizing the marine industry requires a wide range of emission reduction technologies in addition to transitioning to green fuels. We want to facilitate the development of these technologies and help reduce the carbon footprint of ships.

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