Carbon Clean and Samsung Engineering developing carbon capture for ships

London-headquartered Carbon Clean and Samsung Engineering have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to explore opportunities for Onboard Carbon Capture solutions (OCCS) projects.


According to Carbon Clean, onboard carbon capture is expected to play a role in tackling emissions from shipping in the mid-term, providing an interim solution until low-carbon fuels such as green ammonia, methanol and hydrogen, and the associated onshore infrastructure, are developed and scaled up.

The JDA will focus on optimising Carbon Clean’s CycloneCC modular, rotating packed beds carbon capture technology for use onboard ships. With equipment that is ten times smaller than a conventional carbon capture unit and a 50 per cent smaller footprint, CycloneCC is claimed to be suited to the marine environment where space is limited.

In a statement, Hong Namkoong, President and CEO of Samsung Engineering said: “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.”

At the 80th Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80), the International Maritime Organisation IMO revealed its greenhouse gas emissions strategy, which includes a 20 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030, a 70 per cent reduction by 2040, and net-zero emissions by 2050.

Aniruddha Sharma, chair and CEO of Carbon Clean, said: “Accounting for three per cent of global CO2 emissions, decarbonising the shipping industry plays a significant role in the net zero puzzle. 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. Carbon Clean is focused on delivering technology for all hard-to-abate industries, including the maritime industry, and I am looking forward to delivering real solutions to the shipping industry with Samsung Engineering as our strategic partners.”

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.