Lloyd's Register Educational Trust-funded Collegium

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lloyd's Register Educational Trust-funded collegium provides innovative forum to find solutions for the carbon capture and storage industry. University of Southampton-based initiative combined students, faculty and the private sector.
 
A collegium funded by the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust (The LRET) has produced four technical papers that the authors hope will spur discussion and further innovation as industry strives to find solutions to the challenges of carbon capture and storage (CCS). A group of 19 young PhD or post-doctoral researchers were brought to the University of Southampton from countries as far afield as China, Australia, Korea and the US to collaborate on finding potential solutions to the technical and socio-political challenges currently slowing the global expansion of CCS activities.
   
 

"There is a growing industry consensus that CCS is part of the solution to global warming. What we also have come to realise is that the challenges facing its development are as much political and social as they are technical, if not more so," said Richard Sadler, Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd's Register. "In sponsoring the collegium, the LRET created an environment where the engineers of the future could begin addressing the socio-technical challenges of today. The results were impressive and, as our mandate is to benefit the public, I can think of no better use for LRET funds." The scholars presented their findings earlier this month to a panel of leading academics and industrialists chaired by Sadler.
 
 

Their subjects included examinations of the potential: to inject liquid CO2 into the deepest ocean pockets off China's coast; design options for floating thermal power (gas to wire) infrastructure with CCS injection systems; for a 'Green Town' pilot city to showcase existing air extraction techniques to remove CO2, transporting it to offshore injection sites and; to inject CO2 into aging or depleted oil and gas reservoirs using offshore wind energy to power electric CO2 injection machinery.
 
 

The projects addressed some of the biggest challenges currently facing the CCS industry. The China project emphasised CCS development in the country which just recently became the world's biggest source of related emissions; the floating thermal power project potentially eliminated CO2 transportation requirements, prominent centres of cost and risk in current models; the 'Green Town' initiative illustrated significant potential to enhance public understanding and support for CCS; and the final project promoted proven technology and exiting sites such as North Yorkshire's massive Drax power plant and depleted oil and gas reserves in the North Sea to offer pragmatic, lower cost solutions.
 
 

After deliberating, the panel chose 'Offshore Thermal Power With CCS: An Alternative To CO2 Transportation' as the winning presentation. The concept, which envisioned using Floating Production Storage and Offloading model infrastructure, was found to have several benefits, including the ability to exploit stranded gas reserves, generate power without having to purchase land and the mobility to help supply to meet demand. Its most important benefit was its potential to eliminate the need to transport CO2 from the point of capture to the storage location. "This endeavour shows that we can generate solutions to the global problem of climate change through dialogue, analysis and discussions between and amongst the world community," said Professor Ajit Shenoi, the principal organiser of the event. "The young scholars have identified the ways and means for practical solutions to this challenging problem."
 

 
The LRET Board of Trustees on August 31 agreed to extend the collegium's funding for two more years. The reports are available to the public, here: www.lr.org/about_us/lret/collegiumbooks2011.aspx.

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Ocean Rig, Petrobras Agree to $1.1b Drill Ships Lease

Cyprus-based Ocean Rig UDW Inc said on Monday that it signed a $1.1 billion three-year contract with Brazil's state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, to

Thrustmaster Announces Factory Expansion

Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion products, signed a deal last week to expand its Houston-based production facility by 100,000 sqft (93,000 sq m).

Ocean Training Launches Blended Learning Course

Major revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (The STCW Convention) came into force in 2012.

Environmental

MEPC Approves Draft Polar Code

Draft Polar Code approved by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee A key step on the way to a mandatory Polar Code for ships operating in Arctic and

Autonomous Technology for Offshore Wind Farm

ASV Ltd in association with Planet Ocean Ltd, have received funding from the GROW:OffshoreWind initiative to investigate how the use of Autonomous Surface Vehicles

Hurricane Gonzalo Knocks out Bermuda Power

Power was knocked out to 80 percent of Bermuda's electricity grid due to Hurricane Gonzalo, the island's only power company, Bermuda Electric Light Co., said on Friday evening.

Education/Training

NMRA Awards Scholarship to Yacht Design Students

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) awarded two scholarships to students pursuing careers in the field. Noah Luff of Ventura, California is one

Ocean Training Launches Blended Learning Course

Major revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (The STCW Convention) came into force in 2012.

Navico Acquires MARIS; Expands Portfolio

Navico Holding AS, parent company to the Simrad brand of navigational marine electronics, has reached an agreement to acquire MARIS (Maritime Information Systems A/S) from The Grieg Group.

Energy

Corvus Gains Support from WINN Initiative

Corvus Energy announced today the award of $1.3 million in repayable assistance from the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative for its project to further develop the Corvus Energy Storage System.

Ocean Rig, Petrobras Agree to $1.1b Drill Ships Lease

Cyprus-based Ocean Rig UDW Inc said on Monday that it signed a $1.1 billion three-year contract with Brazil's state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, to

GAO: Ending Crude Export Ban Could Ease 'Price at the Pump'

As the energy profile of the U.S. continues to improve and evolve daily, fresh debate in favor of exporting oil and gas products -- which would have a significant impact on the U.

Marine Power

Corvus Gains Support from WINN Initiative

Corvus Energy announced today the award of $1.3 million in repayable assistance from the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative for its project to further develop the Corvus Energy Storage System.

Thrustmaster Announces Factory Expansion

Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion products, signed a deal last week to expand its Houston-based production facility by 100,000 sqft (93,000 sq m).

Smith Brothers Chrtisten New Tug

Smith Brothers, Inc., Chesapeake Bay-based barge and marine equipment charter company, recently added the tug Capt. Kenneth to its fleet of inland and truckable tugs.

Naval Architecture

Performance by Design: Hydrodynamics for High-Speed Vessels

The new book “Performance by Design: Hydrodynamics for High-Speed Vessels” will be introduced on October 30 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Donald L.

NMRA Awards Scholarship to Yacht Design Students

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) awarded two scholarships to students pursuing careers in the field. Noah Luff of Ventura, California is one

KOTUG’s Hybrid Rotortug Arrives in Rotterdam

RT Evolution, KOTUG’s new hybrid Rotortug, has arrived in the Port of Rotterdam on Saturday, Oct. 18. In the coming weeks, Damen Shipyards Group will complete

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3040 sec (3 req/sec)