Partnering institutions from all over the EU and the UK have begun work on a joint project to retrofit ships with carbon capture solutions.
The main aim of this €5 million (~$5.5 million) project called Green Marine will be to test and provide decarbonization tools and resources to ships and organizations within the maritime industry.
As emissions generated from nautical transport are on the rise and present a constant threat to the environment, 10 different institutions have come together to help develop and integrate products that will enable ships and companies in the naval sector to accelerate their switch from emission-intensive to carbon-neutral technologies.
The project will be led by the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute, and the list of other participants includes representatives from both academia and industry.
The focus of their work will be to generate safe pathways for ships in the EU and the UK to implement carbon capture systems in an effort to become more environmentally friendly.
Initially, this will be done by creating a software-tool catalog containing fixes for a wide variety of ship types as well as by developing retrofitting protocols and solutions.
Another significant part of the work agenda involves creating an alkaline solution from chemical elements extracted from sea water, which will serve as a method for ships to collect CO2 emissions from the atmosphere.
The remaining project objectives include creating virus removal solutions for specific industry-related infrastructures, problem solving in the sphere of commercial gas, sharing and enriching the project learning database, as well as establishing retrofitting software products on the carbon capture and utilization market.
The innovation team will test their tools and technology on one or more Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) vessels, and the project is expected to run until the beginning of 2027.