Creating a pathway to carbon negative shipping

The Maritime Development Center invites the maritime industry to join in this exciting development project platform, which can revolutionize how the industry reaches the ambitious emission reduction targets set by IMO.

In April 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed to a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping by 50% in 2050 compared to the 2008 level. The industry broadly agrees that in order to reach this goal, new technical solutions and energy sources are required.


A solution based on existing technologies

There is thus a strong need for a transitional solution, which allows the continued use of carbon intensive fuels, but which avoids the CO2 and other GHG’s from the exhaust to enter the atmosphere.

Such a transitional solution is offered by decarbonICE. The decarbonICE technology is a completely different and innovative alternative to what has been suggested by others. The decarbonICE technology is a marine carbon capture and storage technology. The technology can be applied on new vessels as well as retro-fitted on existing vessels. The technology will allow for continued use of present fuels and ship designs, with the addition of a cryogenic plant on board each vessel to capture CO2 and other GHG emissions in a dry ice. The dry ice will be formed into slender blocks. These blocks will be discharged to the sea during normal operations, and they will descend to the bottom of the oceans, where the CO2 will be permanently stored in seabed sediments. CO2 will thus not be emitted to the atmosphere, and CO2 and other GHG’s will be permanently and securely stored in the bottom sediments thereby eliminating the possibility for the CO2 to enter the deep sea ocean waters.

The decarbonICE solution will be applicable for international shipping when operating in water depths of more than 500 meters. Overall for a complete voyage of a ship it will lead to CO2 emissions reductions in the order of 80%. The operating cost of the decarbonICE technology will be targeted at 25 EURO per tons of CO2 or less.

The decarbonICE principle

Carbon Negative Shipping

If and when carbon neutral fuels like bio diesel, bio LNG and synthetic methanol becomes available, the decarbonICE technology can also be applied with such fuels. The combined system of the fuels with decarbonICE then creates carbon negative shipping.

Project platform

A joint industry project platform will be established. The primary project target is to qualify technologies for decarbonICE to a stage, where they can be presented to the IMO during its sessions in 2020. The work is split up into seperate work packages, namely:

·       Cryogenic capture plant
·       Ship integration
·       Chute system
·       Descent analysis
·       Sediment storage analysis
·       Cost and impact analysis
·       Class notation and insurance
·       Safety and operation
·       Project management and outreach

The project will be kicked off in October 2019 and aims to conclude the joint industry project platform deliverables by late 2020.

Join as an industry partner

Industry partners are urged to join as partners, keeping the innovation concept as an open innovation and in order to push the possibility for acceptance of the innovative technology forward.

The group seeks to engage forward looking organizations and people from the industry in order to analyze, prototype and test the solution.

Good reasons to join:

·       Support cross industry work for reducing emissions drastically
·       Join a group of dedicated zero-emission-front-runners
·       Make sure that decarbonICE is an kept an open innovation
·       Be in front with regards to updated knowledge and latest development 

Partners behind decarbonICE

The group promoting the solution wishes to push the solution into public ownership as an open source innovation project to the benefit of our climate. Current partners are: