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Why shipping has an essential role in carbon capture

Meaningful large-scale storage of carbon close to producers in Europe is predicated on the use of redundant North Sea oil and gas facilities and that requires vessels, according to the experts.

Maersk secures fuel supply for 1st green methanol-fueled ship

Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller – Maersk has partnered with REintegrate, a subsidiary of the Danish renewable energy company European Energy, to produce green fuel for its first methanol-powered containership. As disclosed, the renewable energy company will establish a new Danish facility to produce approximately 10,000 tonnes of e-methanol that Maersk’s carbon-neutral vessel will consume annually.

Global Energy Group and Proman team up to deliver green methanol for shipping

Global Energy Group (GEG) has entered into an agreement with Swiss-based energy firm, Proman, to develop a renewable power to methanol plant utilising local sources of captured CO2 to be located at the Nigg Oil Terminal in the Highlands of Scotland. The plant would harness excess wind power to produce green methanol, which could be used as a shipping fuel.

Study finds blue hydrogen worse than gas or coal

The carbon footprint of creating blue hydrogen is more than 20% greater than using either natural gas or coal directly for heat, or about 60% greater than using diesel oil for heat, according to joint research by Cornell and Stanford universities in the US. The paper, which was published in Energy Science and Engineering, warned that blue hydrogen may be a distraction or something that may delay needed action to truly decarbonise the global energy economy.

MISC invests in three Singapore start-ups

MISC, Malaysia’s flagship shipping line, has revealed it has invested, along with Boston Consulting, in three Singapore-based start-ups. The three ventures are SOL-X, a ship safety tool, Chord X, a maritime data analytics company and Spares CNX, which provides an automated inventory management solution.

National Grid ESO sharpens solar forecasts with AI

UK National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has teamed up with start-up Open Climate Fix (OCF) to use artificial intelligence to improve the way the grid forecasts solar generation. The new innovation project will see the ESO work with OCF, founded by former DeepMind researcher Jack Kelly, to develop a first-of-its-kind solar “nowcasting” service for its national control room.

MOL and DSME demonstrate cryo-powered regas system

Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) have successfully tested a cryo-powered regas system. In a floating storage and regasification Unit (FSRU), LNG is warmed with seawater and regasified. However, during this test, held at DSME’s R&D premises in southern South Korea, the energy normally released by the degasifying process was captured and used to run a specially designed turbine to generate electricity.