Successful Blue Week 2020 Conference
The Blue Week is a conference on the topic of sustainable use of the environment in the maritime sector. It is held yearly by the Blue Forum, an intiative of the Maritime Research Institute Netherland (MARIN). Dr. Nicole Wermuth of the Large Engiens Competence Center (LEC) took part in the conference and presented the research progress made by the HyMethShip-project.
Every year Blue Week gathers a community engaged in using renewable energy for shipping and making way towards climate friendly seafaring. HyMethShip was invited to present the project at the Blue Week 2020.
Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic the entire conference programme was relocated. A suitable platform has been selected to share knowledge, experience, and stories, as well as enable interaction within the maritime community.
HyMethShip system innovatively combines a membrane reactor, a CO2 capture system, a storage system for CO2 and methanol as well as a hydrogen-fueled combustion engine into one system. The proposed solution reforms methanol to hydrogen, which is then burned in a conventional reciprocating engine that has been upgraded to operate with multiple fuel types and specially optimized for hydrogen use. The drastic CO2 reduction is the result of using renewable methanol as the energy carrier and implementing pre-combustion CO2 capture and storage on the ship. The renewable methanol fuel bunkered on the ship is ideally produced on-shore from the captured CO2, thus closing the CO2 loop of the ship propulsion system.
Learn more about the HyMethShip.