Houlder Ltd. (Houlder), design & engineering consultancy for the marine, energy and defence markets, is pleased to announce it has commenced work in partnership with PMW Technology on a study to evaluate the potential marine applications of carbon capture technology.
PMW Technology is among the latest organisations to receive funding from the UK Government’s Department for Transport’s Transport-Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG). With funding from T-TRIG, the study will evaluate the feasibility, costs, infrastructure, impacts, and potential benefits of using advanced carbon capture technology to decarbonise marine shipping.
The organisation’s advanced A3C carbon capture process is designed to extract carbon dioxide from marine exhaust gases by freezing, then subliming the carbon dioxide. It is then liquified and stored in dedicated tanks onboard, allowing for carbon capture from vessel emissions without radical technical overhauls of marine engines and fuels.
With extensive experience in marine engineering and vessel design & specification, Houlder consults on key variables within the study to assess the operational viability of the technology and its potential application for shipping.
Commenting on the partnership Rupert Hare, CEO of Houlder, said: “We’re pleased to be working with PMW Technology and its partners on this study and look forward to sharing our learnings upon its completion, for the benefit of all of those transforming industries that stand to benefit from advancements in carbon capture.
“In the technology sector in particular, there is rapidly growing interest across the marine and energy sectors for cleaner technologies to accelerate the drive towards a zero-carbon future. The appetite for technology creates fertile ground for start-ups, and we relish the opportunity to share our 30 years’ expertise with our entrepreneurial partners and guide their projects through feasibility testing and to operational reality.”
Paul Willson, Director of PMW Technology, said: “The commitments made by the IMO for radical reductions in shipping emissions by 2050 will require major changes to fuels and vessel design. Current renewable fuel favourites such as hydrogen and ammonia will require global investment estimated to exceed $1 trillion.
“Carbon capture from marine engines offers shipping the opportunity to avoid the huge cost of new fuel production and delivery systems, as well as retention of existing vessel and current high-performance engine designs. With our partners Houlder, Tees Valley Combined Authority, and the University of Chester providing key operational and economic insights, we’re looking forward to assessing carbon capture’s potential as a more affordable means of achieving marine decarbonisation.”
Houlder recognises that the international marine and energy markets are at the apex of the climate crisis, and is well-placed to support the accelerated transformation of these sectors; utilising experience, knowledge and specialist expertise to support clients in unlocking the challenges ahead in managing the energy transition.