a Maritime Carbon Capture and Storage platform

MDC invites the global shipping industry to join a joint industry platform with the ultimate goal of implementing an innovative Maritime Carbon Capture and Storage solution, decarbonICE, which will drastically reduce ocean shipping overall CO2 emissions.

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

With the decarbonICE technology we offer a completely different and innovative alternative. 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 smaller 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. The decarbonICE solution will be applicable for international shipping in water depths of more than 500 meters, and it will lead to CO2 emissions reductions in the order of 80% on a ship by ship basis. The cost of the technology will be targeted at 25 EUR per tonnes of CO2 or less.

The decarbonICE principle

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 5 work packages, namely:

·       Technical solutions
·       Regulatory and environment
·       Operations
·       Financial and external impact
·       Project management and outreach

The project will be kicked off in September 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: