"CC-Ocean" Project in Partnership with "K" Line and ClassNK Part of Japan Government Initiative to Support Development of Marine Resource Technologies
• World's first marine-based demonstration test of CO2 capture to take place on "K" Line's coal carrier for Tohoku Electric
• Project will identify potential risks, and conduct operability and safety evaluations to determine ongoing specifications
Tokyo - August 31, 2020
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, is working in cooperation with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line) and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), to conduct test operations and measurements for a small scale ship-based CO2 capture demonstration plant, in order to verify the equipment's use as a marine-based CO2 capture system. This 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.
The demonstration involves converting the design of an existing CO2 capture system for onshore power plants to a marine environment, and installing it on board an actual ship in service. This project, called "Carbon Capture on the Ocean" (CC-Ocean), is intended to achieve CO2 capture at sea, a world first.
Logomark of CC-Ocean project
This demonstration experiment conducted at sea is the first of its kind in the world. The knowledge gained will be used for future development of technologies and systems to capture CO2 from the exhaust gases of marine equipment and ships. Further, the captured CO2 can be recycled for use as a new source of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes, or as raw material in synthetic fuel, providing a significant contribution to reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, amid rising awareness of decarbonization globally since the enactment of the Paris Agreement, has continued its efforts to find solutions for reducing GHG emissions from ships and marine equipment, and is contributing to environmental conservation.
Conceptual drawing of the CO2 recovery demo plant. Image by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. press release