Netherlands-based scrubber manufacturer Value Maritime has developed an onboard CO₂ Capture and Storage solution for the Maritime Industry and will be fitting the system to the feeder container ship Nordica next month.
In the system a Capture Module captures CO₂ from the vessel’s exhaust and uses the CO₂ to charge a CO₂ Battery; a CO₂ storage facility on which CO₂ can be charged and discharged. The Capture module will be integrated in Value Maritime’s compact exhaust gas cleaning Filtree System on board Visser Shipping’s Nordica making it the first vessel to capture and store CO₂ onboard whilst in operation. The vessel will be operated by X-Press Feeders.
Value Maritime’s system is based on an innovative and patented technology to remove CO₂ from the vessels exhaust gas. The CO₂ is used to charge Value Maritime’s CO₂ Battery; an onboard storage facility which can charge and discharge CO₂ infinitely. The charged CO₂ Battery will be offloaded in ports and transported to CO₂ customers in the agricultural and other sectors who “re-use” the CO₂. After CO₂ discharge, the CO₂ Battery returns to the vessel, to be recharged with CO₂; in a fully circular solution.
Classification society Bureau Veritas is involved in the relevant approval of the system. Value Maritime will start loading and offloading the CO₂ Batteries at the Rotterdam Short Sea Terminal to discharge the batteries at greenhouses in Rotterdam Area, who re-use the CO2 to grow their crops. Value Maritime expects to expand to additional locations shortly, amongst others Bremerhaven and Hamburg and will subsequently follow client’s request to set up CO₂ infrastructure in any port that clients desire. The CO₂ capture and onboard storage capabilities, developed by Value Maritime can be endless and the system could capture up to 100% of vessel’s CO₂ emissions, enabling a high impact on the vessel’s CO₂ footprint.
“Installing the module will not only be beneficial for our clients but ensures that the maritime industry can achieve its goals for 2050 in the short term,” said Christiaan Nijst, co-founder of Value Maritime.
Value Maritime has currently equipped 12 vessels with a Filtree Unit with a current orderbook of five, including one repeating order from Visser Shipping. “We are satisfied with the Filtree Systems already installed on our vessels. With the additional CO2 capture solution, we can further improve our vessel’s sustainable footprint from day one, while preparing us for future environmental regulations,” commented Douwe Visser, owner of Visser Shipping.