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MOL, MAN ES and MES-M sign Memorandum of Understanding

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. -MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto signed the Memorandum of Understanding with MAN Energy Solutions -MAN ES; CEO: Dr. Uwe Lauber; Headquarters: Augsburg and Mitsui E&S Machinery, Ltd. -MES-M; President: Ichiro Tanaka; Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Toky, to target the signing of purchase contract of an ammonia fueled main engine which is currently under development by MAN ES.

Ammonia is one of the top candidates as next-generation clean fuel that does not emit carbon dioxide. MOL addresses environmental issues in accordance with the “MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1”, and continually strives to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050 and to deploy net zero emissions ocean-going vessels within the 2020s. MOL aim to order ammonia fueled main engine, a pioneer engine of net zero emission vessels aligned under this agreement, and to contribute to the realization of a decarbonized society.

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Wartsila and RINA partner with other stakeholders to deliver a viable hydrogen fuel solution to meet IMO 2050 target

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The technology group Wartsila, together with class society RINA, ABB, Helbio – a subsidiary of Metacon AB, the Liberian Registry, and an energy major have joined forces in an effort to deliver a solution with hydrogen as fuel. The aim is to have a scalable and sustainable solution that will exceed the IMO 2050 target for a 70 percent reduction in carbon intensity without the need for an extensive infrastructure investment. This offers the shipping industry a pathway to low-carbon operations within a reasonable time frame.

Current difficulties and cost considerations regarding the production, distribution, and onboard storage of hydrogen have so far limited the sector’s interest in its direct use as a marine fuel. However, by producing hydrogen onboard, and using readily available LNG, the solution becomes far more viable and in a much faster time than would otherwise be possible.

“Our gas engines are already able to use mixtures of hydrogen and LNG, and our future efforts will be to reach 100% hydrogen fuel. We are totally committed to supporting in every way possible the decarbonisation of shipping operations. This project is one more example of this commitment, and we are very pleased to be partnering with other stakeholders to make the IMO 2050 target achievable. This project will give owners a real chance to stay ahead of the competition in terms of efficiency and sustainability,” says Lars Anderson, Director, Product Management & Sales Support, Wartsila Marine Power.

The concept is based on combining LNG with steam to produce hydrogen and CO2. The hydrogen produced will be used directly in a mix with natural gas in internal combustion engines or in fuel cells, thus eliminating the need for hydrogen to be stored onboard. The CO2 will be liquefied using the cryogenic stream of LNG that would be used as fuel anyway, and later disposed ashore for carbon storage. Tankers can use the stored CO2 as inert gas during discharge.

The necessary equipment can easily be fitted on the deck of a commercial vessel. This innovative concept will support the marine sector’s gradual transition from LNG to hydrogen, without any major adjustments to a vessel’s onboard technologies.

Only LNG bunkering will be required and, by progressively increasing the production of hydrogen, the consumption of fossil methane and associated methane slip will be reduced at the same rate.

Wartsila and ABB will support the application of hydrogen in powering internal combustion engines and fuel cells respectively, while Helbio will provide the technology and manufacturing of gas reformers. RINA and the Liberian Registry will provide advice and guidance on the application of rules and regulations for novel concept alternative designs, based on Hazid/Hazop analyses, as well as specific rules for this kind of arrangement.

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NYK introduces its carbon neutral initiatives at International Symposium

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NYK participated in an international symposium on clean fuel ammonia held at Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

This event was organized by the Clean Fuel Ammonia Association. At this year’s symposium, the third of its kind, sessions and panel discussions were held under the theme “Toward Early Social Implementation of the Fuel Ammonia Value Chain” from the perspectives of “Current Status and Issues,” “Supply,” and “Utilization.”

From NYK, Tsutomu Yokoyama, general manager of the Green Business Group, took the stage in the “Utilization” session to explain the trend toward zero emissions in the shipping industry. He then introduced NYK‘s zero emissions initiatives and the development of ships equipped with Japan-made ammonia-fueled engines using the Green Innovation Fund.

In addition, Toshi Nakamura, NYK executive officer, participated in a panel discussion and deepened the discussion among international organizations, industry groups, and companies on the efforts and challenges to establish a fuel ammonia value chain.

NYK announced the NYK Group ESG Story, which aims to further integrate ESG into the company’s management strategy. In particular, NYK considers the reduction of GHG emissions to be an important issue and is working to create new green businesses through various research projects aimed at decarbonization. To strongly promote ESG management, the NYK Group will encourage new value creation as a sustainable solution provider through a business strategy that responds to climate change.

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DNV and Equinor partner to develop software for safe carbon capture and storage

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KFX CO2 simulation software is being developed by DNV and Equinor to increase safety in carbon capture and storage.

The transition to a low-carbon society is reliant upon bringing in new and growing technologies, such as carbon capture and storage technology to reduce the CO2 emissions to atmosphere, and Norway’s Equinor is a leader in this area. There is a need for reliable consequence models for safety assessments, design of barriers and documentation of CCS safe design. To ensure the highest safety standards, it is critical to have tools that simulate what actually happens if accidents occur. This is used as basis for design and to mitigate consequences in the event of accidental release. Equinor has partnered with DNV for the next three years of further development of DNV’s KFX CO2 computational fluid dynamics software for this purpose.

KFX CO2 software simulates accidental releases of CO2 from storage facilities or leaks from pipelines, trucks or ships. CO2 is usually transported and stored in liquid or supercritical state. It is much heavier than air and a release of concentrated CO2 will therefore typically follow the contours of the terrain and accumulate in pits, valleys and lower-lying grounds. KFX CO2 will take complex thermodynamics and interaction between geometry and terrain into account, including dry-ice formation and sublimation of CO2. “The development project, funded by Equinor, will bring these detailed simulation capabilities to KFX CO2, supporting a new level of safety for handling captured CO2”, says DNV’s Project Manager Kjell Erik Rian.

“The rapid development of this technology is important not only for DNV and Equinor, but also for society,” says Kenneth Vareide, CEO of DNV’s business area Digital Solutions. “CCS is an important part of the transition to a low-carbon economy where safe operations are based on accurate, detailed and extensively validated simulations,” he says.

“To make the most cost-efficient design decisions without compromising on safety, it is necessary to have as detailed simulations as possible and DNV is committed to collaborate closely with customers in the areas of hydrogen safety, CO2 , ammonia and liquefied natural gas, enabling the accelerated energy transition journey,” says Trond Evanger, Head of Section CFD Solutions.

DNV’s experience using advanced CFD simulation tools in safety analyses for full-scale CO2 capture projects is based on many years of development work of KFX software, which was acquired by DNV in 2017. Equinor has been a key partner in the development of KFX computational fluid dynamics software for 25 years.

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