Wärtsilä to lead on-board carbon capture R&D project
Technology company Wärtsilä is taking a leading role in a new Norwegian research project on carbon capture and storage. The new LINCCS (Linking Carbon Capture and Storage) consortium brings together industry and academic partners with CCS experience to develop mature solutions, and will benefit from $ 13 million in funding from the Norwegian Government’s Green Platform Initiative.
One of the main components of the project is the development of a maritime CCS solution, and Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment will lead this element, with support from the Sustainable Energy Catapult Center and SINTEF Energy. Wärtsilä Exhaust Treatment is the industry’s largest supplier of scrubbers, and says their expertise will be particularly useful in leading the CCS project.
The project will see Wärtsilä expand its exhaust gas treatment engineering plant in the town of Moss, Norway, to accommodate the R&D work. Once the technology matures in tests on land, it will be flown on a large scale on a ship.
“The transition to zero emissions will require us to develop a number of different technological solutions in combination, and to do so in close cooperation with key partners. We are honored and excited to be working with a strong group of companies who all have cutting edge skills to advance CCS as a solution that can enable a low carbon future, ”said Tamara de Gruyter, President of Marine Systems at Wärtsilä.
The larger LINCCS project aims to reduce the costs of new carbon storage facilities by 70% and advance the development of carbon capture technologies in a wide range of sectors. It includes cross-industry CCS developments from a range of partners including Aker Solutions, Cognite, AGR, Wintershall Dea, Vår Energi, Lundin, Equinor and TotalEnergies.
Wärtsilä has been working for some time with SINTEF on carbon capture systems as part of their joint CCShips program. It is not alone in seeking CCS solutions for maritime transport: Mitsubishi, Teco 2030, Alfa Laval, ANDRITZ and others have announced parallel initiatives.
“Building on the success of existing and proven technologies, such as scrubbers, will be critical to achieving the industry’s decarbonization goals,” said Sigurd Jenssen, Wärtsilä Exhaust Gas Treatment Manager. “Exhaust gas reduction technologies have reached a point of maturity where it is only right that we explore their broader applications beyond sulfur compliance. “