‘Carbon Capture on the Ocean’: A two year project is set to become the first to capture CO2 at sea.
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and its partners are set to build and carry out test operations for a ship-based CO2 capture demonstration plant. The project is being conducted with support from the Maritime Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism as part of its R&D assistance project for technological advancement in marine resource development.
The marine-based capture system involves converting an onshore power plant CO2 capture system and installing it on a ship. Known as ‘Carbon Capture on the Ocean’ the two year project is set to become the first to capture CO2 at sea.
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will build the capture demonstration plant, which is due to be completed by the middle of 2021. It will then be installed on a coal carrier where the efficiency and safety of the design will be assessed. The information gained will be used for future development of systems to capture CO2 exhaust gases from marine vessels and equipment.
Shipping is said to contribute 2.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. With a continued growth in international trade, reliance on shipping is set to increase.