A small CO2 capture plant has been installed onboard the coal carrier Corona Utility, operated by K Line for Tohoku Electric Power.
The installation took place at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Yokohama Works (MHI Yokohama).
The installation is part of a joint project between K Line, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Class NK to develop a CO2 capture plant onboard a vessel as part of the Research and Development for advancing marine resources technologies project.
For the installation of this plant, Class NK has conducted a Hazard Identification Study (HAZID) and verified the viewpoint of safety.
After departure of the vessel from MHI Yokohama, experts from Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will be on board the vessel for one voyage to commission the small CO2 capture plant, evaluate its operation performance at sea, and analyse the captured CO2. After that, until the end of FY 2021, the ship’s crew will evaluate the operation, safety and operability of the CO2 capture plant. Demonstration tests will be conducted to commercialise the plant, including as downsizing in size and weight and assessing efficiency of the CO2 capture system with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding.
Based on the K Line Environmental Vision 2050, the companies will continue to research, develop, and introduce various environmental load reduction technologies, including the CC-Ocean project, and contribute to activities aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and realising a carbon-neutral society.