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ENOGIA will collaborate with STX Engine to develop a compressor for a ship engine exhaust gas sequestration system.
ENOGIA, a company specializing in micro-turbomachinery, has announced its partnership with STX Engine, a subsidiary of the South Korean conglomerate STX that focuses on global manufacturing of marine and industrial engines. As part of an initiative to lower carbon emissions in the shipping industry, the partnership will focus on the development and provision of a compressor for a ship engine exhaust gas sequestration system.
STX Engine opted for ENOGIA's expertise in a consortium that involves various Korean entities, including Hyundai Materials and the Institute of Advanced Engineering. The main job for ENOGIA will be the creation of a compressor to be incorporated into a CO2 capture mechanism.
“We are very pleased with this agreement, which opens up excellent development prospects for our company in the field of carbon dioxide sequestration,” said ENOGIA’s CEO, Arthur Leroux: “Our skills and tools enable us to develop tailor-made compression solutions in a very short timeframe. The fact that a Korean consortium, winner of a highly competitive call for projects, chose us as a partner demonstrates that our expertise in turbomachinery development is recognized worldwide. Today, ENOGIA is in a position to simultaneously produce ORC modules for the decarbonization of industry and develop innovative turbomachinery for ecological transition projects.”
Reducing the carbon footprint of the maritime industry, a sector which accounts for over 800 million tons of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions globally, is a significant environmental challenge. Within this context, carbon-capture technology emerges as a viable approach for mitigating emissions from ship propulsion systems, where battery electrification remains impractical and hydrogen storage poses difficulties. A successful project collaboration with STX Engine could provide ENOGIA with a broad market, considering a global fleet of approximately 100,000 passenger and cargo ships.
The maritime transport industry is also of strategic importance to ENOGIA due to its Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) modules. These units convert waste heat from propulsion systems into clean electricity, thereby reducing fuel usage for auxiliary power generators. Notably, ENOGIA's ORC technology excels at utilizing low-temperature waste heat, a critical advantage in maritime transport where waste heat from engines typically remains at lower temperatures.