Advanced technologies solve decarbonisation in the maritime industry

90% of the world's trade is made by sea transit and is responsible for more than 3% of global pollution. Dr. Mario Michan, CEO of Daphne Technology, explains how advanced technologies could solve the decarbonisation in the maritime industry.

Published:
January 21 2021

Adopted in 1973, MARPOL, The International Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Ships, is one of the most important regulatory frameworks in the maritime industry today. Indeed, the industry being the backbone of the global economy, the decarbonisation in the sector has never been as important as today. To overcome this challenge, new technologies are required. Our CEO and Founder of Daphne Technology, Dr. Mario Michan, explains that we “cannot rely on legacy solutions such as wet scrubbers, they are outdated and do not fit for purpose”. He adds “there is no one solution that is going to eliminate all the toxic and greenhouse emissions. It has to be a combination of technologies and practices”.

Switching from one fuel to another might be a solution, but there is no fully carbon-free fuel today and no good alternative. Even front runners, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) or ammonia fuel, have some issues. For instance, LNG vessels release methane slip, 80 times worse than CO2 in terms of greenhouse gas potential.

But there is a solution.

Daphne Technology has developed a universal converter that can eliminate multiple species in one step. Daphne’s technology reduces pollutants such as methane slip and is expanding the list of species that could tie into one innovation. Today, we can reduce methane and nitrogen oxides simultaneously and even sulphur oxide is present in the fuel. But not only, but our converter also creates upcycled products from toxic gas emissions.

In this interview, Dr. Michan also addresses the importance of a future vision to anticipate the risk of upcoming regulations. “You really have to be looking at where regulation is heading and what are going to be the issues in the next five to ten years”.

Read the whole article about Daphne Technology in Ship Technology Global.

Welcome to the team

Daphne Technology is expanding, and we are very excited to wish Dr. Cansunur Demirci a warm welcome to our team. She is based in our R&D office in Switzerland but will be working on a global scale to develop revolutionary solutions to make an impact on global warming.


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Together for a sustainable future

Daphne Technology is one of the partners in the Green Shipping Programme and participates in the pilot "Ammonia as a fuel in shipping". The program aims to advance the Norwegian government's maritime strategies and plans.


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We are fundraising

Daphne Technology is currently pursuing its second equity round and is raising CHF 15 million to conduct pilot testing with leading shipowners and support our commercial ramp-up. Our state-of-the-art patented technology enables the maritime industry to reach net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 or earlier. We reduce emissions from all fuels, providing compliance with toxic gases and mitigating GHG emissions without generating sea pollution from the offshore and maritime industry - reducing your global footprint today and in the future.


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Emission gases transformed into a valuable fertiliser

In December 2020, our CEO, Dr. Mario Michan was interviewed by 24heures, the most popular magazine in the region of Swiss Romandie. Dr. Michan explains how our unique innovation removes toxic pollutants and GHG emissions from the exhaust gas. Our core technology, a universal green converter, reduces emissions from all fuels, minimising both air- and sea pollution from the maritime industry.


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1 of 4 finalists in The Climate Show

A special thank you to CleantechAlps' for the nomination. We have been selected amongst a large number of innovations and entrepreneurship of climate-friendly projects and their introduction to the market. After a pitch in front of a prestigious jury, our efforts paid off as we were one of the 4 finalists.


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Success Story: Daphne Technology

International Cleantech Network has defined our technology as disruptive and revolutionary for the maritime industry.


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