New ABB emission monitoring solution helps meet decarbonization targets

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(FRANKFURT, Germany) — The launch of ABB’s CEMcaptain will help shipping comply with sulfur emission regulations that went into effect in 2020, and keep in check the carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint of vessels.

In January 2020, new emission limits set by the International Maritime Organization became effective worldwide. CEMcaptain is an emissions monitoring system from ABB designed to help the maritime industry meet these new regulations and become more sustainable. Its measurements and digital capabilities increase onboard safety, provide process optimization and reduce ownership costs. By consistently achieving 98 percent and more uptime, the new system not only requires less maintenance effort but also saves time otherwise spent on handling non-compliance issues.

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Designed with busy mariners and a regularly changing crew in mind, CEMcaptain is a multi-component analyzer system that continuously provides real-time data, offering reliable measurement of emissions with the highest stability. Operating in even the harshest of conditions, it integrates analyzer modules and sample-handling components in a standalone cabinet, making installation easy.

Equipped with ABB’s Uras26 non-dispersive IR gas analyzer, CEMcaptain simultaneously and continuously measures sulfur dioxide (SO2) and CO2 in line with regulation requirements. Each analyzer has two separate gas paths to allow for continuous CO2/SO2 measurement of separate streams, with up to four different components per analyzer module.

“Our solutions are driving the evolution of sustainable shipping, paving the way to a zero-emission marine industry. ABB has more than 60,000 Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) installed in over 100 countries that help monitor our environment,” said Stephen Gibbons, ABB’s head of product management in continuous gas analyzers. “We draw on 60 years of experience in emissions monitoring to provide this support in concrete terms. CEMcaptain has been combined with innovations in on-site and remote digital services. The result is a solution that provides the industry with a digital toolbox that increases regulatory compliance and operational efficiency.”

Fast fault reporting, diagnosis and repair are achieved via the on-site and remote digital services which help operators get closer to 100 percent availability for their gas analysis instrumentation. Dynamic QR codes are integrated into the CEMcaptain system display panel. All relevant diagnostic information can be collected from the analyzer via a scanned code and transferred to ABB support. This means that maritime instrumentation technicians can send real-time information to an ABB service expert to get immediate guidance on appropriate maintenance.

ABB Ability remote assistance with secured connectivity direct to ABB support is also offered for real-time solutions to problems. These features reduce the costly training of changing crews as well as the number of experts required on board. They also increase onboard safety by reducing crew exposure to emissions.

CEMcaptain GAA610-M is approved by all major classification societies (DNV GL, ABS, Lloyd’s Register, Bureau Veritas, ClassNK, Korean Register).

 – ABB

By Professional Mariner Staff