Norwegian clean-tech company TECO2030 and Austrian powertrain development company AVL have completed a carbon capture and storage (CCS) feasibility study and are now moving ahead with two primary technologies with the aim of piloting them onboard a vessel in 2022.
The technology is an extension of the TECO 2030’s Future Funnel exhaust gas cleaning system. The company says that the system can reduce CO2 emissions by 30-40% and can therefore have a large impact on a ship’s Energy Efficiency Index (EEXI) and Carbon Intensity Index (CII).
“Carbon capture and storage is very attractive for shipowners who seek to future proof their vessels to meet decarbonization plans and strategies. According to Clarksons Research Portal, the CCS technology will be beneficial to over 80,000 vessels globally, and the CO2 emission reduction possibilities onboard are endless,” says Tore Enger, CEO of TECO 2030.
In April, the company announced that its Future Funnel had been further developed to over hybrid and closed loop operation alongside the already existing open loop. The modular system is suitable for any vessel type and all fossil-fuel driven engine technologies and has a SOX removal efficiency of up to 99.9%.
As the developments proceed, TECO 2030 says the system, whose main purpose is reducing SOx and NOx, is ready for further improvement to address particulate matter (PM) and black carbon emissions and ultimately to have CCS technology incorporated.
The partnership with AVL has been on-going, and in January TECO 2030 introduced its Engine Performance Optimization System (EPOS) powered by AVL technology. EPOS provides condition monitoring and automatic diagnosis using expert algorithms for large-bore combustion engines and their auxiliaries. TECO 2030 says it does not influence engine control and can act online onboard a vessel as well as offline in the fleet management company’s office.
The system is designed to provide preventive engine damage measures and can reduce fuel consumption by approximately 3%. For a vessel which consumes 25,000 tons of fuel it will be able to reduce emission by approximately 2,000 tons of CO2, 50 tons of NOx and six tons of PM per year. The company says that together with other TECO 2030’s technologies, it aims to help shipowners to achieve a CII rating of C or better.
AVL recently opened an office in Hamburg to support its the maritime business. AVL Marine specializes in the optimization of vessel operation, new technology integration, digitalization, efficiency enhancement and solutions for clean air.