Carbon Clean and Samsung Engineering will explore opportunities for onboard carbon capture solutions (OCCS) projects.

UK´s carbon capture company Carbon Clean has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with construction and project management Samsung Engineering, with the aim to focus on optimizing Carbon Clean’s modular carbon capture technology, CycloneCC, for use onboard ships.

As explained by the partners, with equipment that is ten times smaller than a conventional carbon capture unit and a 50% smaller footprint, CycloneCC is well suited to the marine environment where space is extremely limited.

“Samsung Engineering’s expertise and experience in EPC, as well as our excellent track record in modularisation projects has led to this JDA for developing OCCS projects with Carbon Clean. This strategic alliance will create viable solutions for major global clients by combining the excellence of both companies and create a sustainable path for the future in this era of energy transition,” Hong Namkoong, president and chief executive of Samsung Engineering said.

Onboard carbon capture is expected to play a vital role in tackling emissions from shipping in the mid-term by enabling ships to capture the CO2 they emit while operating – plugging the gap while low-carbon fuels, such as green ammonia, methanol and hydrogen, and the associated onshore infrastructure, are developed and scaled up.

Aniruddha Sharma, chair and chief executive of Carbon Clean added: “Accounting for 3% of global CO2 emissions, decarbonising the shipping industry plays a significant role in the net zero puzzle. I look forward to our partnership with Samsung Engineering to offer carbon capture onboard ships. Carbon Clean’s breakthrough modular carbon capture technology, CycloneCC, is ideally suited for use on ships given its 10 times equipment size reduction and high performance.”

There is growing pressure to decarbonise shipping, given the enhanced emissions targets set earlier this year by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). In the revised IMO GHG strategy, there is a need for a 20% reduction in emissions by 2030, a 70% reduction by 2040, and net-zero emissions by 2050.

SECL and Carbon Clean signed the JDA at an official signing ceremony on October 3rd at the 2023 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC).