The maritime sector aims to reduce CO2 emissions from international shipping by at least 50 % by 2050. Ship-Based Carbon Capture (SBCC) is proposed as a low-cost alternative to decarbonize the maritime sector, as compared to zero-emission fuels (ammonia, hydrogen). The objective of the EverLoNG project is to accelerate the implementation of the SBCC technology by: (i) demonstrating SBCC on-board of LNG- fuelled ships; (ii) optimising SBCC integration to the existing ship infrastructure; (iii) facilitating the development of SBCC-based full CCUS chains; (iv) facilitating the regulatory framework for the technology.
EverLoNG will validate and demonstrate the SBCC technology on-board of two LNG-fuelled ships, owned and operated by project partners Total and Heerema. The demonstration will bring SBCC from TRL4 to TRL7. A graphical summary of the project is given in Figure 1, which also shows the project partners. To accelerate the SBCC technology implementation, EverLoNG will close knowledge gaps and address challenges in both technical and commercial levels. The project will run for 3 years, during which we will:
- Develop strategies for reducing CO2 emissions of ships by at least 70%, taking the same ship running on LNG but not equipped with SBCC as the reference case; and demonstrate the emission reduction potential of SBCC according to the EEDI and EEXI guidelines;
- Develop solutions to improve the cost effectiveness of SBCC, achieving CO2 capture and on-board storage costs below 100 €/ton (1st of a kind, to be achieved by 2025) and 50 €/ton (nth of a kind); as well as evaluate the costs of off-loading, transport and storage (or utilization) of CO2 in several CCUS chains;
- Evaluate the impact of SBCC on the ships’ infrastructure, stability and safety, to guarantee the technical feasibility of the proposed technology; identify the major safety hazards associated with SBCC technology and determine safeguards to mitigate those risks, thus providing the basis for (near) future class approval of the SBCC technology;
- Develop off-loading strategies that clarify the post-treatment required on-board, as well as the infrastructure necessary on the port side; establish a CO2 Shipping Interoperability Industry Group (CSIIG) and propose a Roadmap towards a European off-loading network.