South Korean shipping company HMM has announced plans to conduct field tests of a shipboard carbon capture system on board one of its containerships.
The tests are set to be conducted in the second half of this year in collaboration with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and eco energy system expert PANASIA.
The carbon capture technology is designed to capture CO2 emissions from vessel operations, reducing the vessel’s overall climate impact.
HMM first partnered with PANASIA in 2022 to conduct a feasibility study of the carbon capture system on board a multi-purpose vessel. HMM says the study found that the technology can be installed on an containership without having to modify existing equipment or having any impact on vessel operations. The captured carbon will be stored in a pressurized tank and can be used to manufacture dry ice or other uses.
HMM says it plans to fit one of its containerships with a carbon capture system later this year before conducting operational tests with SHI and PANASI.
HMM is also announcing plans to replace the propellers of six containerships with more efficient ones designed for slow-steaming, with the process starting in 2024, expecting to increase energy efficiency by 8-9%.
Carbon capture and storage has emerged as a key technology for reducing carbon emissions from hard to abate industries like shipping. These latest projects come as HMM has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
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