The “world’s first” marine-based demonstration test of carbon capture is set to take place on Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha’s coal carrier as part of a two-year project titled Carbon Capture of the Ocean (CC-Ocean).

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group, is working in cooperation with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and Nippon Kaiji Kyoki, on test operations and measurements for a small-scale ship-based carbon capture demonstration plant.

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 resource development.

Announced yesterday, the demonstration involves converting the design of an existing carbon capture system for onshore power plants to a marine environment, and installing it onboard a ship in service.

Manufacturing of the small-scale carbon capture demonstration plant and safety assessment of the system will be conducted by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding. Manufacturing is scheduled for mid-2021.

Through operational and performance confirmation in a marine environment, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will then determine the system specification requirements as a marine-based device and will consider how to make the plant more compact.

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Source: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding