Bingshan Group Introduces Breakthrough Carbon Capture For Ships In China

Bingshan Group Introduces Breakthrough Carbon Capture For Ships In China - Carbon Herald

Bingshan Group, a China-based company co-owned by Panasonic Holdings, is at the forefront of a novel approach to carbon capture in China’s maritime industry. 

The company is using specially designed units containing transcritical CO2 (R744) to achieve this, marking a potential first for the sector.

This technology essentially sucks carbon dioxide out of ship engines. The system relies on powerful compressors built by Italian and German manufacturers Dorin and Bitzer. Testing of this innovative project wrapped up in December 2023.

Details about the project were revealed by Bingshan‘s Jing Yanrong (R&D Vice Director and Senior Engineer) and Tan YongAn (Engineering Technology Department GM) during an interview at the 2024 China Refrigeration Expo held in Beijing.

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Bingshan is confident about the future of transcritical CO2 in China, particularly in the north over the next five years. Their vision is for up to 100 such projects if their carbon capture tech proves successful and government policies encourage the conversion of ships.

However, they acknowledge that CO2 systems need to be more efficient compared to ammonia (R717) for widespread industrial use. Integrating heat recovery is seen as a key step towards achieving this.

Bingshan Group is a major player in China’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) sector. 

They own Sonyo Compressor and Sonyo Refrigeration (formerly Panasonic Appliances Compressor and Panasonic Appliances Cold Chain, respectively). Sonyo Compressors uses the brand name Bsonyo.

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Bingshan is currently focusing on developing larger CO2 systems specifically designed for industrial applications. 

They’re also in talks with two potential project developers interested in transcritical CO2, including one building a massive cold storage facility in northern China.

However, a major hurdle they face is the dependence on imported components for these systems. 

They believe overcoming this supply chain challenge is crucial to meet the anticipated demand.

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