Alfa Laval participates in shipboard carbon capture effort

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 part of the project launched by the Global Center for Maritime Decarbonization (GCMD), Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) and Stena Bulk to study the capture, storage and offloading of carbon dioxide (CO2) on board. 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.

The ReMarCCAbLE project will test onboard carbon capture using Stena Bulk’s MR tanker (Photo: Stena Rederi)

The ReMarCCAbLE (Achieving Maritime Carbon Capture to Demonstrate Emissions Reduction Capability) project is the first project in the world to demonstrate shipboard carbon capture on a large scale.

As part of the two-year program, the seven-member consortium will test a carbon capture unit onboard 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.

“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,” said Professor Lynn Loo, CEO of GCMD. “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.

Alfa Laval has participated in carbon capture test projects and studies in the past and the ReMarCCAbLE project will help expand the company’s knowledge in the field. 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 integration and operational challenges associated with installation and operation of technology in navigation.

“Given that producing carbon-free fuels at scale will take some time, we see carbon capture associated with low-carbon fuels as one of the potential avenues to help the shipping industry navigate towards a net zero future,” said Sameer Kalra, President of Alfa Laval’s Marine Division. “This partnership is therefore an excellent opportunity to develop such a solution. We want to assess the business 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.

The ReMarCCAbLE project is divided into three phases. In the first phase, 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,” Sameer said. “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.