ERMA FIRST Partners With Largest LCO2 Carriers For Innovative CCS Solution

ERMA FIRST Partners With Largest LCO2 Carriers For Innovative CCS Solution - Carbon Herald
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ERMA FIRST, a Greek company specializing in ballast water treatment, has entered into a letter of intent (LoI) with ship management company Capital Gas and Babcock, an engineering company from the UK, to equip its carbon capture and storage (CCS) solution on four new liquified carbon (LCO2) carriers.

With tightening regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, the demand for sustainable and eco-friendly technologies is on the rise. This collaboration aims to revolutionize the industry by providing an innovative solution to reduce carbon emissions in the maritime sector.

According to Konstantinos Stampedakis, Co-Founder and Managing Director of ERMA FIRST, CCS systems are generally expected to reduce vessel CO2 emissions by 15% to 30% under normal circumstances. However, in this particular project, the CO2 capture rate is projected to exceed 70%, marking a significant milestone in the quest for sustainable shipping practices.

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The confident estimate is supported by the advanced technology of ERMA FIRST’s CCS solution, known as CARBON FIT.

This system utilizes amine absorption to capture CO2 from flue gases using a specific amine solvent. After the absorption process, the mixture is heated to trigger a reaction that separates the CO2 from the solvent. 

The CO2 is then converted into liquid form with the help of Babcock LGE’s ecoCO2 system and stored onboard the vessel in a pressurized low-temperature storage unit for later offloading. 

ERMA FIRST states that the reusability of the solvent creates an efficient regenerative loop for CCS. This ground-breaking system has obtained Approval in Principle (AiP) from both Lloyd’s Register and DNV.

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The ERMA FIRST CCS Solution will be placed on four LCO2 carriers that are due for delivery by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in 2026. When completed, they will join the Capital Gas-managed fleet as the largest of their kind ever built.

This will be crucial in helping Capital Gas achieve its decarbonization goals and operate some of the first nearly carbon-neutral vessels in the industry.

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