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.

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 Mario Michan, explains that we “cannot rely on legacy solutions such as wet scrubbers, they are outdated and do not fit for purpose”.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.

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