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Alfa Laval joins project ReMarCCAbLE

Alfa Laval joins project ReMarCCAbLE
Project ReMarCCAbLE (Realising Maritime Carbon Capture to demonstrate the Ability to Lower Emissions) is said to be the world’s first project aimed at demonstrating end-to-end shipboard carbon capture at scale (photo courtesy Alfa Laval).

Sweden-headed heat transfer, centrifugal separation, and fluid handling technology major Alfa Laval AB, has announced that it has been selected as a technology partner in a joint project initiated by the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD), Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) and Stena Bulk to investigate the on-board capture, storage and off-loading of carbon dioxide.

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Alfa Laval is partnering up with the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD), the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), Stena Bulk, and other leading players from the energy and shipping industries, to initiate a two-year project to demonstrate onboard carbon capture at scale.

The seven-member consortium will test a carbon capture unit onboard a Stena Bulk MR tanker to assess the operational challenges on a ship at sea and identify potential cost reduction measures for future commercial applications.

The success of project ReMarCCAbLE has the potential to accelerate the commercial deployment of shipboard carbon capture technology by 2026.

GCMD is proud to convene a strong group of stakeholders to pilot one of the mid-term solutions needed to help the maritime sector to decarbonize. Project ReMarCCAbLE is in line with GCMD’s goals of lowering the barriers to adoption so international shipping can meet or exceed the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) GHG emissions reduction targets for 2030 and 2050. We look forward to tapping on Alfa Laval’s expertise in this domain to enable the pilot, said Professor Lynn Loo, CEO of GCMD.

A step further toward decarbonization

Alfa Laval will bring to the project technological and engineering expertise to help understand the challenges and opportunities of deploying carbon capture technology on ships.

Alfa Laval has been part of carbon capture testing projects and studies in the past, and the project ReMarCCAbLE will help in expanding its knowledge further in this field, and “another big step toward Alfa Laval´s decarbonization roadmap.”

By being part of this project, Alfa Laval aims at exploring the potential of the technology to meet decarbonization goals, assess the validity of the technical assumptions made during the feasibility study done by the consortium, and analyze the integration and operation challenges of fitting and running the technology while sailing.

Since the production of zero-carbon fuels to scale will take some time, we see carbon capture coupled with low-carbon fuels as one of the potential pathways to help the shipping industry navigate to a net zero future. This partnership is therefore an excellent opportunity towards developing such a solution. We want to evaluate the commercial and environmental implications as well as identify the challenges and opportunities in the implementation of a carbon capture system on board a vessel. The findings will help in the development of the technology at scale, said Sameer Kalra, President of the Marine Division at Alfa Laval.

An ideal technology partner

Project ReMarCCAbLE is one of many projects with sustainability in focus the company is involved in. By leveraging its technical know-how in thermal management and emission-reducing technology, it will play a vital role in facilitating this project for carbon capture on board.

The project is divided into three phases. Right from the first phase of the project, Alfa Laval will be a key contributor in designing, engineering, testing, and installing the solution on board the MR tanker making available the Alfa Laval Test and Training Centre available for testing the carbon capture installation and to provide training to the crew before it is installed on a ship.

For us, it is about being right at the forefront of the evolution of new sustainable technologies and supporting their development into environmentally and economically viable solutions that can benefit our customers. Decarbonizing the marine industry demands a wide range of emission-reducing technologies in addition to shifting towards green fuels. We want to facilitate the development of such technologies and help reduce vessels’ carbon footprint, ended Sameer Kalra.

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