ideaSpace company enters research collaboration with marine survey company to reduce CO2 emissions

Cambridge Carbon Capture (CCC) has entered into a research collaboration with Polarcus Limited to develop its carbon mineralization technology.

Such technology could be used to reduce CO2 emissions from ships, including emissions from Polarcus’ fleet of marine survey vessels.


CCC, based at ideaSpace on the University's West Cambridge site, has developed an electrochemical process which safely, securely and profitably captures carbon dioxide from the combustion of hydrocarbons as solid carbonate materials.


Polarcus operate the world's cleanest fleet of marine survey vessels for the oil industry. They already have world leading low-emissions of SOx and NOx from their diesel engines and CCC's technology will enable them to capture their CO2 emissions.


As part of the agreement Polarcus and CCC have agreed to jointly fund a 3 year PhD research programme at the University of Sheffield. It is believed that the research project will make an important contribution to Polarcus’ goal of becoming the most environmentally responsible towed marine seismic service provider in the industry.


Dr Robin Francis, CEO of Cambridge Carbon Capture, commented "We are delighted to be working with Polarcus, an acknowledged leader in reducing emissions from marine vessels. The collaboration with help us to further develop our carbon capture technologies for use in the marine and other sectors."


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Date published

20 October 2011

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