While undergoing maintenance in Spain, a TotalEnergies-owned LNG carrier powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) had a ship-based carbon capture (SBCC) technology prototype installed.
Led by TNO, a Dutch research and development organization, the project’s objective is to showcase the feasibility of ship-based carbon capture technology and gather carbon dioxide emissions from the ship’s exhaust. The installation process was completed in July.
The group managing the project plans to collect ten metric tons of carbon dioxide on board TotalEnergies’ LNG vessel for a duration of 3000 hours, which will be considered a trial.
This test is anticipated to yield information regarding emissions that affect the environment, as well as the influence of movement on the rate of collection, the behavior of the collection solvent, and its degradation.
The collected carbon dioxide will be stored in a pressurized container on the ship as a liquid and then either unloaded and transported to an industrial facility or permanently stored underground.
If the testing on the TotalEnergies LNG carrier is successful, the carbon capture technology will be implemented on Heerema’s LNG-powered Sleipnir crane ship.
The second phase of this project is expected to take 500 hours, and the EverLoNG team aims to collect sufficient data to compare the efficiency of the carbon capture technology on both ships by the end of it.
The primary goal of this project is to accomplish a significant decrease of 70% in carbon dioxide releases from ships, particularly those using liquefied natural gas but lacking SBCC technology.
Ultimately, this project aims to demonstrate the significance and influence that reducing emissions from ships can have in combating climate change.