Japanese firms to test ship-based CO2 capture technology

Lily Fortune, a coal carrier chartered by Japan's Tohoku Electric Power (Photo: NYK)

ClassNK, in cooperation with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, will conduct test operations and measurements for a small scale ship-based CO2 capture demonstration plant, in order to verify the equipment’s use as a marine-based CO2 capture system.

The demonstration will involve converting the design of an existing CO2 capture system for an onshore power plant to one suited for a marine environment, and installing the system on board an actual ship in service.

The demonstration plant will be manufactured in mid-2021. Following operational tests at the factory, the system will be installed on a K Line-operated coal carrier.

The project is being conducted with support from the Maritime Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), as part of its assistance project for research and development of technological advancements in marine resources development.

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