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Norwegian Project to Research Carbon Capture and Storage on Ships

A new project led by SINTEF Energy Research, the CCShip project, will collaborate with key research and industrial organizations to explore carbon capture aboard ships.

Photo: Klaveness

The main objective of the CCShip project is to develop cost-effective solutions for carbon capture and storage (CCS) from ships, as well as to understand when CCS can be a more attractive technology than alternative solutions to reduce CO2 emissions from ships. 

- We are thrilled to join forces with a strong consortium of key industry and R&D actors from the maritime and CCS spheres in this pioneering project, says Stefania Gardarsdottir from SINTEF Energy Research.

- We are looking to find out what role CCS can play as part of the solution toolbox for reducing emissions from the maritime industry.

Important to reach emission targets

Norwegian shipping company Klaveness Combination Carriers is one of the partners in the project. Klaveness is exploring and testing other innovative solutions to reduce its CO2 emissions. Klaveness believes that onboard CO2 capture systems can play an important role in meeting the shipping emission target before zero-carbon fuels become viable.

- To reach our decarbonization targets of carbon-neutral operation within 2030, we need to evaluate all solutions contributing towards significant further reductions of CO2 emissions in our transport work, says Engebret Dahm, CEO of Klaveness Combination Carriers.  

- We are excited to learn more about CCS and to contribute with our operational experience to this research project. We will continuously evaluate whether carbon capture may be one of the possible solutions for decarbonization for the Klaveness fleet.

Looking at different solutions

The base case in the CCShip project is solvent-based CO2 capture, which has been shown to be a feasible solution. DNV previously estimated that solvent-based absorption CCS would possibly reduce ship emissions by over 50 percent. However, while a recent study indicates onboard CCS can have higher economic feasibility than zero-carbon fuels.

- As solvent-based CO2 capture is feasible but likely an expensive solution, the project will also focus on the potential of different novel CO2 capture solutions to facilitate cost-efficient implementation, Simon Roussanaly from SINTEF Energy Research.

The project will also look into the potential of different novel CO2 capture solutions in terms of weight, compactness, integration, efficiency, and cost. To maximize opportunities for CO2 capture implementation, the project will investigate opportunities for different ship types and transport applications (size, fuel type, voyage distance), as well as consider both new-build and retrofitting of vessels.

In addition to SINTEF Energy and Klaveness, participants in the CCShip project include SINTEF Ocean, NTNU, University of Oslo, Seoul National University, Wärtsilä Moss, and Calix Limited. The CCShip project is funded by Wärtsilä Moss, Calix Limited, the Norwegian CCS Centre NCCS, as well as the Norwegian Research Council through the MAROFF program.

Interested to learn more?

For more information, please contact Research Scientist Simon Roussanaly and Research Manager Stefania Gardarsdottir.

Published 25 May 2021
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