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  • 2021 October 28 08:56

    NEDO selects Methane Slip Reduction Project for next generation ship development

    Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.(MOL) and Yanmar Power Technology Co., Ltd. (YPT) have proposed "Development of Methane Slip Reduction  Technology from LNG Fueled Vessels by Improving Catalysts and Engines" with Hitachi Zosen as the managing company in the  "Development of Next Generation Vessels Project" publicly solicited by the New Energy and  Industrial Technology Development Organization under  the Green Innovation Fund, according to MOL's release.

    In this project, the partners aim to achieve a methane slip reduction rate of more than 70%  for LNG-fueled vessels over a six-year period from FY2021 to FY2026. The reduction will be  achieved by combining methane oxidation catalysts and engine improvements thereby further  reducing the environmental impact of LNG-fueled vessels.

    YPT will also commission Namura  Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., together with Hitachi Zosen and MOL to establish  the technology to install the system developed in this research on actual ships.   

    The system will be installed in a coal carrier built at the Namura Shipbuilding and operated by  MOL for demonstration of the methane slip reduction technology. The partners will work to  establish the technology as soon as possible with a view to utilizing carbon-recycled methane  in future applications, reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 towards realizing  a carbon-neutral society.  




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