ETI mulls to reduce emissions from global shipping industry

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

10 March 2017


The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has launched a new project which aims to develop and demonstrate a Waste Heat Recovery System for ships that could deliver fuel efficiency savings of at least 8%. The £3.6m project will be led by Avid Technology who are based in Cramlington, North East England. They will work alongside RED Marine Limited of Hexham, Newcastle-based Royston Power and Enogia S.A.S. based in Marseille to deliver a cost effective waste heat recovery system for use across all types of ships. The 26 month project should see the waste heat recovery system installed on an offshore support vessel by end of 2018 ahead of a further six months of testing. Unlike the power and heat sectors and other forms of transport there does not seem to be a credible alternative to fossil fuels to power vessels, so in the medium to long term, the best potential to achieve substantial CO2 reductions is by reducing fuel consumption. Fuel efficiency in shipping can be improved by reducing the electrical load provided by the ship’s generators, through recovering heat energy from the exhaust stream, in addition, substantially reducing the temperature of the exhaust gas by converting the heat to electricity. The technology being developed in the ETI’s project should be capable of being deployed on a range of marine vessels, including chemical tankers, general cargo vessels, container feeders, offshore support vessels and roll on roll off passenger ships.