As stressed in the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we need ‘immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors’ to fight climate change. That’s why we’re proud to be a partner in the ambitious EverLoNG project. This research project will enable us to drastically reduce CO2 emissions from ships.
As the whole world looked towards alternative fuels as the solution for decarbonizing the maritime industry, our colleague Joan van den Akker explored a different approach. What if we could use carbon capture technologies onboard? Joan researched this topic in his master thesis back at TU Delft in 2017. He looked at the feasibility of placing carbon capture technology on ships, capturing the CO2 from the ship’s exhaust gases and storing it onboard. The CO2 can then be unloaded when the ship reaches a port, and can be used as a resource by the chemical industry. This would revolutionise the way we approach the decarbonization of the maritime industry.
Ship-based Carbon Capture
Adding (post-combustion) carbon capture technology to existing diesel or LNG propulsion vessels is a promising solution to reduce our carbon footprint in the short term. DNV, the leading expert in assurance and risk management in the maritime industry, already theoretically proved the feasibility of ship-based carbon capture (SBCC) in 2013. TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research, has been researching since 2017 how to adapt existing land-based carbon capture technologies to use them on ships. Our researchers have contributed to several research projects on SBCC, like Co2ast, DerisCO2 and LNG-Zero. In this EverLoNG research project we will contribute to the optimisation process of the technology and consider how best to integrate it into existing ship and port infrastructure.
The EverLoNG Project
The EverLoNG project, led by TNO, will demonstrate Ship-Based Carbon Capture on board two LNG-fuelled ships, owned and operated by project partners TotalEnergies and Heerema Marine Contractors. With its results, the project aims to bring the technology closer to market readiness.
The program consists of six work packages, each with their own perspective on the research question: how can we optimise the technology and integrate it into the existing ship and port infrastructure? As a research partner, we contribute to all six work packages, but we are taking the lead in work package 3.