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2024

20th May 2024 - Spotlight On The New Emission Control Area In Canadian Arctic Waters

The benefits of establishing an Emission Control Area (ECA) in Canadian Arctic waters support measures that would not only diminish harmful air emissions from ships, leading to improved air quality for northern communities, but also yield positive outcomes for marine and terrestrial ecosystems and wildlife. Furthermore, it would play a role in mitigating climate-forcing black carbon pollution in the Arctic. The recently announced ECAs in Canadian Arctic waters is poised to make substantial strides in reducing ship-related air pollution in the Arctic region.

Spotlight On The New Emission Control Area In Canadian Arctic Waters

The Emission Control Areas (ECAs) proposed by Canada and Norway, sanctioned by member states of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), will bolster environmental safeguards in Canadian Arctic waters and the Norwegian Sea. These measures aim to curtail emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx), particulate matter, and nitrogen oxides (NOx) stemming from international shipping activities.

“The creation of Emission Control Areas in the Arctic will set an important precedent for protection of our climate and our ocean,” said Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance. “The proposal for a Canadian Arctic waters ECA includes a welcome and clear reference to the fact that the use of scrubbers as an alternative compliance mechanism will not provide the same benefits in terms of reducing black carbon emissions. Black carbon constitutes 20% of the shipping sector’s global climate impact, and it is five times more potent a climate disruptor when emitted in the Arctic region from sources such as shipping,” Prior concluded.

“The creation of these two new Emission Control Areas will set an important precedent for protection of our climate and our ocean, and particularly the Arctic”, said Dr Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance. “We hope that the designation of ECAs in Canadian Arctic Waters and the Norwegian Sea will drive broad positive change on reducing shipping climate pollutants, especially if the shipping sector complies with the designation by switching to low-sulphur distillate fuels or other cleaner non-fossil fuels. In addition, moving to cleaner fuels will reduce emissions of SOx and particulate matter leading to co-benefits with reductions in black carbon (BC) emissions, provided that cleaner ECA-compliant fuels – and, in particular, distillates – are used."

“The creation of an ECA in Canadian Arctic waters will reduce polluting air emissions from ships, improve air quality for northern populations, deliver benefits to both marine and terrestrial habitats and wildlife and also contribute to a reduction in climate-forcing black carbon pollution in the Arctic”, continued Prior. “The Norwegian Sea ECA will reduce impacts on human health and contribute to reduced deposition of nitrogen and sulphur along the Norwegian coast, including a 58% reduction in particulate matter, such as black carbon, by 2030 compared with 2020. Both ECAs will significantly reduce air pollution from ships in the Arctic.”

“The designation of ECAs in the Canadian Arctic waters and the Norwegian Sea highlights the need for continued work on a possible creation of an ECA in the North-East Atlantic Ocean as referred to at MEPC 80 last summer”, said Carolina Silva, Shipping & Ocean Policy Officer at Zero. “These ECAs will significantly expand the socio-economic, environmental and health benefits for a large number of coastal communities, as well as marine and coastal habitats and wildlife along the North-East Atlantic region, and will also have the co-benefit of reducing black carbon emissions from shipping further south which can still impact the Arctic.”

“ECAs remain one of the most efficient tools at IMO Member States’ disposal to tackle air pollution from ships and are particularly relevant for sensitive ecosystems like the Arctic, therefore, it is important that proposals for new ECAs are as effective and environmentally sound as possible, to ensure their full potential is realised”, continued Silva. “To this end, the positive show of support for Norway’s proposal, which rectifies a problem in the existing ECA regulations whereby a loophole allows ships to delay the implementation of the most stringent NOx reduction requirements, is a good first step in the right direction. Now the IMO must urgently address the fundamental shortcomings of the NOx regulation to prevent further delay of the most stringent requirements in other regions, and to maximise the potential emissions reductions from establishing new ECAs.”

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13th May 2024 - Carbon Capture Markets To Increase Up To 2030 & Beyond

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is emerging as a crucial technology for climate mitigation. Prominent analyses by the IEA, IPCC, and the Energy Transition Commission (ETC) all project that by 2050, large-scale deployment of CCS in the gigatonne range will be necessary. However, despite its pivotal role, current deployment levels fall well short of what is necessary to fully realise the technology's potential. Both governments and the private sector face significant challenges in financing and scaling CCS projects.

Carbon Capture Markets To Increase Up To 2030 & Beyond

A carbon capture market refers to an economic system where entities can buy and sell carbon capture and storage (CCS) services or carbon credits. Carbon capture involves capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial processes or power generation facilities before they are released into the atmosphere. These captured emissions are then typically transported to storage sites, such as geological formations underground, where they are securely stored, preventing them from contributing to climate change.

In a carbon capture market, companies that emit CO2 can purchase carbon capture services or carbon credits from other entities that have implemented carbon capture technologies and reduced their emissions. This creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in carbon capture technologies and reduce their carbon footprint.

Carbon capture markets can be part of broader carbon trading systems, such as cap-and-trade programs, where a cap is placed on total emissions and companies can buy and sell permits to emit CO2 within that cap. Alternatively, carbon capture markets can operate independently, allowing companies to voluntarily offset their emissions by purchasing carbon capture services or credits.

Overall, carbon capture markets play a crucial role in incentivising the deployment of carbon capture technologies and helping to mitigate climate change by reducing CO2 emissions. The UK is looking to be a global leader in CCS with other G20 nations all looking to implement significant investment in both public and private sector projects.

The European Union pioneered the world's inaugural international Emissions Trading System (ETS) in 2005. Subsequently, in 2021, China introduced the world’s largest ETS, projected to encompass approximately one-seventh of global carbon emissions resulting from fossil fuel combustion. Numerous additional national and subnational ETS initiatives are currently operational or in various stages of development.

There are generally two main categories of carbon markets: compliance and voluntary. Compliance markets are established in response to national, regional, or international policies or regulations. Voluntary carbon markets, whether domestic or international, involve the issuance, purchase, and sale of carbon credits on a voluntary basis. Currently, the majority of voluntary carbon credits are supplied by private entities or governments that implement carbon projects or programs certified by carbon standards, resulting in emissions reductions and/or removals. Protea has a complete section on its website found at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/carbon-capture-and-storage-ccs offering more information on our range of CCS solutions.

Demand for these credits comes from individuals seeking to offset their carbon footprints, corporations with sustainability objectives, and other entities looking to trade credits for potential profit.

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7th May 2024 - Two New Emission Control Areas (ECAs) Support A Global Carbon Emissions Levy in the Shipping Sector

Two fresh Emission Control Areas (ECAs) have garnered support from the International Maritime Organisation's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 81), marking a significant step towards implementing a global carbon emissions tax within the shipping industry. MEPC 81, convened recently in London, greenlit the establishment of two distinct ECAs: one in Canadian Arctic Waters targeting nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides, and particulate matter, and another in the Norwegian Sea addressing nitrogen oxides and sulphur oxides. These proposals are now poised for submission to MEPC 82 for final adoption.

Two New Emission Control Areas (ECAs) Support A Global Carbon Emissions Levy in the Shipping Sector

Dr. Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, hailed the creation of these ECAs as a landmark decision for safeguarding the climate and ocean, especially in the vulnerable Arctic region. She expressed hope that this move would catalyse a widespread shift towards cleaner shipping practices, emphasising the potential of low-sulphur distillate fuels and other non-fossil alternatives to curb shipping-related climate pollutants.

In addition to curbing emissions of sulphur oxides and particulate matter, transitioning to cleaner fuels is expected to yield collateral benefits, including reductions in black carbon emissions, provided vessels opt for compliant fuels within the ECAs, particularly distillates.M

Alongside the approval of the ECAs, MEPC 81 also endorsed several other initiatives:

  • Approved new guidelines for the safe transport of plastic pellets in freight containers, encompassing stowage, packaging, and accurate transport/cargo documentation.
  • Provisionally supported a draft action plan aimed at mitigating underwater noise stemming from commercial shipping, with plans for further deliberation and final endorsement at MEPC 82.
  • Gave the nod to an updated roadmap for crafting guidelines pertaining to alternative fuels, including hydrogen and ammonia, as well as low flash-point fuels, and mandatory protocols for methyl/ethyl alcohols.
  • Sanctioned a list of provisions and instruments slated for revision and/or development under the Ballast Water Management Convention, and endorsed interim guidance regarding the application of the convention to vessels navigating in challenging water quality conditions. Additionally, approved guidance for the temporary storage of treated sewage and/or grey water in ballast water tanks.

There is a drive to move to other zones across the globe whereby a global carbon emissions tax in the shipping sector becomes a reality. Protea has a complete section focused on marine emissions found at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/marine.

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29th April 2024 - UK's First Waste To Energy Carbon Capture Pilot Plant Unveiled

Enfinium, a waste-to-energy operator based in the UK, has unveiled plans to inject £800 million into a carbon capture and storage (CCS) venture at its facility in West Yorkshire. Teaming up with green technology firm Hitachi Zosen Inova, Enfinium intends to set up the UK’s maiden energy-from-waste carbon capture pilot at its Ferrybridge-1 plant in West Yorkshire.

UK's First Waste To Energy Carbon Capture Pilot Plant Unveiled

Upon becoming operational by 2030, the CCS technology installed at Enfinium’s Ferrybridge 1 and 2 facilities will have the capacity to capture approximately 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually. This figure encompasses over 600,000 tonnes of durable, high-quality carbon removals. This achievement would be akin to eliminating the carbon emissions of every household in Manchester from the atmosphere. With CCS integration, Ferrybridge is poised to emerge as one of Europe's most substantial carbon removal initiatives.

The technology supplied by HZI will manifest as a scaled-down, containerized iteration of CCS technology adaptable for commercial deployment at energy-from-waste facilities. This unit is slated to capture up to one tonne of CO2 per day from Enfinium’s operations at the Ferrybridge-1 site in West Yorkshire. The trial is slated to run for a minimum of 12 months, with operational commencement slated for July 2024.

This pioneering pilot marks a significant achievement for HZI, heralding the commencement of Europe's first mobilized effort of its kind. It signifies a pivotal milestone for HZI, aiming to bolster its esteemed standing in the energy-from-waste and renewable sectors by introducing novel decarbonisation solutions to its clientele.

The pilot initiative seeks to showcase the application of carbon capture technology at energy-from-waste facilities to extract CO2 from the atmosphere. Through this endeavor, Enfinium aims to evaluate various amine solvents and gather authentic performance data, including CO2 capture rate, energy consumption, and solvent degradation.

This pilot initiative forms part of Enfinium’s broader vision to spearhead an investment totaling up to £800 million in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) at its Ferrybridge 1 & 2 facilities. Once operational, these combined facilities are projected to capture over 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 annually. With the integration of CCS technology, the UK's largest energy-from-waste site is poised to transition into one of Europe's premier carbon removal initiatives.

Enfinium is a leading UK energy from waste operator with four operational sites in the UK, in West Yorkshire, Kent and Flintshire, and two in construction. Enfinium diverts 2.3 million tonnes of non recyclable waste from climate-damaging landfill, putting it to good use by turning it into home grown energy, enough to power 500,000 UK homes. Enfinium’s ambition is to transform its facilities into local 'decarbonisation hubs' powered by the millions of tonnes of non recyclable waste the UK will produce for decades to come. Using existing energy from waste infrastructure, enfinium could contribute to heat networks, produce electrolytic hydrogen, or use carbon capture technology to provide durable, high quality carbon removals which will be critical for the UK to achieve net zero by 2050.

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22nd April 2024 - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Ports Program In Focus

Earlier this year the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a 3$ billion zero emission transition project. Established under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the "Clean Ports" Program aims to help ports transition to zero-emissions operations, reduce diesel pollution and engage with the local community. The funding is open as a competitive bidding based process spread across a number of critera. 100% of the 3$ billion allocation is to be assigned by the middle of 2024.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Ports Program In Focus

What can the funding be used for?

Under the Zero-Emission Technology Deployment Competition, eligible expenses encompass:

  • Procurement and deployment of new eligible battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, vessels, powertrains, or other mobile equipment designed for zero emissions.
  • Establishment of zero-emission infrastructure such as fuelling stations to support equipment purchased with grant funding.

Activities eligible for support under the Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition include:

  • Mandatory emissions inventorying and accounting practices.
  • Stakeholder collaboration and communication, with a focus on communities situated near the port.
  • Identification of resiliency measures.
  • Analysis of strategies and setting goals.

This program, a component of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, features two grant competitions. The Zero-Emission Technology Deployment Competition will allocate nearly $2.8 billion to finance zero-emission port equipment and infrastructure, including cargo handling machinery, vessels, and electric charging infrastructure. The Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition will provide approximately $150 million for planning efforts at ports aimed at reducing emissions and involving local communities.

EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan highlighted the program's significance in creating jobs, reducing air pollution, and advancing environmental justice.

"Our nation’s ports are among the busiest in the world, helping us to create good jobs here in America, move goods, and grow our economy,” Regan said. “Today’s historic funding announcement reflects President Biden’s vision of growing our economy while ensuring America leads in creating globally competitive solutions of the future. Today we’re making $3 billion available to install cleaner and more efficient technologies while cutting air pollution to protect the people who work at and live near ports."

The US represents a substantial component in global shipping and marine emissions with some of the busiest ports in the world. Ports are a vital part of a nation's maritime transportation system. The United States has more than 300 ports operated by states, counties, municipalities, and private corporations. Water transport was the dominant mode of transport for the US in 2021. That year, imports to the country amounting to the weight of 671 million short tons were transported by ships. Goods exported by ships from the US weighed 918 million short tons in 2021.

Protea partners with a valued distributor for US installations being Delta Instrument LLC. Delta Instrument supplies a variety of equipment to the process control industry selling and servicing Biogas Analysers, Calorimeters, Emission Analysers, Dew Point Measurement and Oxygen Analysers. Engineered solutions to problem measurements are a Delta Instrument specialty. Please contact us for all your analyser requirements.

Protea produces a range of analysers capable of measuring a full range of components on-line in the aggressive environments often encountered in today's emission measurement industry. Protea analysers include many advanced features and they have already achieved wide acceptance in a large number of applications. In addition to economies from their ability to measure several components in one operation, ease of installation and maintenance, the instruments are able to analyse problem applications such as, NOx, SOx,, NH3,, CO2,, CO with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability.

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17th April 2024 - Wet Gas Calibrator for CEMS

Protea has released our new, improved wet gas calibrator for field calibration of CEMS. The atmosFieldCAL is a portable device that allows for wet or humidified calibration gas to be generated on-site to validate AMS/CEMS or P-AMS.

Wet Gas Calibrator for CEMS

For commissioning or annual linearities (QAL2/AST) of water vapour measurements, atmosFIeldCAL can validate Protea or other manufacturers CEMS, either in-situ or extractive types. Cross-sensitivity to water can be assessed quickly on-site. The calibrator allows for single or dual gas inputs. With two gases, a check or span gas applied at the same time as the water, so cross interference at zero and span points can be assessed. As well as water vapour, solutions of HCl/NH3/HF can be used to validate CEMS measuring these gases, such as Protea’s atmosFIR and P2000 CEMs.

The atmosFieldCAL’s compact, backpack size is ideal for validating portable emissions equipment (P-AMS) on site too, such as Protea’s portable atmosFIRt FTIR. Mobile emissions test data can be validated with water vapour checks before and after data collection. The atmosFieldCAL can be provided with ISO 17025 calibration.

Please contact Protea for more information.

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17th April 2024 - Analyzer Tech Conference, Galveston TX

Protea’s products are being demonstrated at the Analyzer Tech Conference at Galveston Island Convention Center April 15– 19, 2024 https://www.analyzertechconference.org/

Analyzer Tech Conference, Galveston TX

Please stop by Booth 313 and ask Delta Instrument LLC if there are any process, emissions or portable monitoring needs we can support with using our range of analytical technologies.

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15th April 2024 - Carbon Capture Storage Association Spring Budget Assessment

The Carbon Capture & Storage Association (CCSA) is the lead European association accelerating the commercial deployment of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) through advocacy and collaboration. CCUS is an essential solution to reach net zero emissions. CCUS plays a vital role in reducing emissions from industries such as steel, cement, chemicals and refining. CCUS is one of the very few methods which can remove CO2 from the atmosphere at an industrial scale.

Carbon Capture Storage Association Spring Budget Assessment

Although the Government had previously promised backing for UK carbon capture, Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), contends that the mark has been overlooked regarding carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) projects. Following the Chancellor's Announcement on the Clean Energy Reset, Ruth Herbert, CEO of the CCSA, issued a statement expressing her views.

"Today’s budget was a missed opportunity for the Government to put in place a longer-term revenue support envelope for the next wave of projects – to provide the level of certainty they need to move forward," she said.

In last year's Budget, there was a pledge to allocate £20 billion ($25.5 billion) towards expanding CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) projects throughout the UK, scheduled to be implemented over a span of 20 years. The government announced that this funding would facilitate the advancement of CCS endeavours in North Wales, the North West of England, and the East Coast. However, Herbert asserts that the funding has not yet reached the projects in dire need of it, despite looming deadlines.

"The UK’s CCUS industry is still waiting for the funding announced in last year’s Spring budget to be committed to projects, with final investment decisions for projects in the North West and North East of England needed in the next few months."

Without this, the UK risks losing the opportunity to attract around £30bn ($38bn) of private investment into UK CCUS by 2030, which would create and protect tens of thousands of jobs and transform industrial regions across the UK."

The CCSA offers a UK Carbon Capture Project Pipeline map on their website displaying information on identified carbon dioxide (CO2) capture projects in the UK, including, where disclosed:

  • Estimated location
  • The projected CO2 capture per year (MtCO2/yr) of these projects once operational
  • The type of project, by sector and by anticipated government support package (where relevant)
  • The project’s engagement with the Government cluster sequencing programme (where relevant)

CCSA objectives are stated as:

  • Advance carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) in the UK
  • Promote CCUS internationally

Protea’s multi-gas FTIR technology is ideally suited to new processes involving carbon reduction, such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

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10th April 2024 - The Protea Team Exhibiting At Sea Japan 2024

Protea are exhibiting at Sea Japan 2024, located at the Tokyo Big Sight East Hall 1 - 3, 135-0063 Tokyo, Koto City, Ariake, 3-chome-10-1 at booth 1J-09. Come and visit our booth to discuss shipping and marine emissions monitoring technologies.

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Protea manufactures an extensive range of gas analysers for use in both Continuous Emission and Process Monitoring. This enables Protea to select the product best suited to the application without compromise. Protea operates from two modern facilities incorporating application development, production and after sales support. Our customers are supported by a worldwide partner company network employing factory trained service personnel backed up by our service team. Come and visit our booth 1J-09 to discuss our extensive range of products and expertise.

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8th April 2024 - Two Major British Carbon Capture Projects Unveiled

Two large Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage facilities have been recently granted planning permission with full backing by the UK Government. One project is located near Hull in East Yorkshire and the other near Middlesbrough in Teesside.

Two Major British Carbon Capture Projects Unveiled

H2H Saltend
Equinor’s 600-megawatt (MW) low carbon blue hydrogen production plant, H2H Saltend, with carbon capture technology, has been granted planning permission by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Located in the Saltend Chemicals Park in Hull, the 600MW project will replace an existing steam methane reforming unit (which produces grey hydrogen from fossil gas) with a high-efficiency autothermal methane reformer (ATR) and CCS technology that Equinor claims will capture “at least” 95% of CO2 emissions.

The hydrogen produced at Saltend will be used to meet both existing and new demand within the industrial park and nearby area, with many processes that currently run on gas switched to run on H2 instead. This includes a plan to blend hydrogen into the gas-fired Triton Power Station, owned by Equinor and utility SSE Thermal, located within the chemicals plant.

The East Coast Cluster, of which H2H Saltend is just one project, aims to store CO2 from power plants which directly feed in their emissions, including Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station, owned by Equinor and SSE, and Drax’s biomass-fired plant. The decision on H2H Saltend comes a month after a 1GW project at Stanlow refinery, linked to the HyNet cluster, became the first to secure planning consent. Construction work on the Stanlow refinery is expected to start this year.

The full 600MW of H2H Saltend has been granted planning permission, while the HyNet project is set to be built in two phases: with the first 350MW phase given full planning consent by local authorities, and the second 750MW preliminary consent. H2H Saltend becomes the third carbon capture project in the Humber region to secure planning permission, following the Drax BECCS project and Keadby Carbon Capture Power Station.

Net Zero Teesside Power (NZT Power)
Aims to be one of the world’s first commercial scale gas-fired power stations with carbon capture, has received development consent from the UK Government. Development consent includes onshore CO2 gathering and transport infrastructure operated by the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP). NZT Power, which aims to take a final investment decision in September 2024 or before, could generate up to 860 megawatts of low carbon electricity.

The planned Net Zero Teesside Power project, which aims to be one of the world’s first commercial scale gas-fired power stations with carbon capture, took another step forward after receiving development consent from the Secretary of State for Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) following a recommendation from the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).

Consent was granted following a joint application between NZT Power and the Northern Endurance Partnership. NZT Power is a combined-cycle gas turbine electricity generating station with an abated capacity of up to 860 megawatts output with carbon dioxide (CO2) capture plant. The NEP project includes a CO2 gathering network on Teesside to transport captured CO2 from industrial emitters; a CO2 gathering/booster station to receive the captured CO2 from the gathering network and from NZT Power and the onshore section of a CO2 transport pipeline for the onward transport of the captured Net CO2 to the offshore Endurance store.

Ian Hunter, Managing Director, NZT Power, said: “The granting of a Development Consent Order is an important step towards the development of the UK’s first full-scale integrated power and carbon capture project. We thank the planning inspectorate and the Secretary of State for their work during this process and look forward to taking the project forward to a planned final investment decision in September 2024 or before”.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) could be key in the reduction in Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from industrial processes. Protea’s range of gas analysers have been used both in research into emerging technologies for CCS, but will also play an important role in the regulatory emissions monitoring from installations of CCS. Carbon Storage Protea’s atmosFIR FTIR gas analyser has proven a valuable tool in research into the effective storage of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the North Sea.

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2nd April 2024 - Protea Exhibiting At Sea Japan 2024

Protea will be exhibiting at Sea Japan 2024 located at the Tokyo Big Sight East Hall 1 - 3, 135-0063 Tokyo, Koto City, Ariake, 3-chome-10-1 at booth 1J-09. Since 1994, Sea Japan has been held under various themes that match the trends of the time and industry needs. Sea Japan 2024, its 15th edition will focus on clean energy and explore the various options for the industry. The event is taking place from Wednesday 10th April to Friday 12th April 2024.

Protea Exhibiting At Sea Japan 2024

Reasons you should visit Sea Japan / Offshore & Port Tech
The enormous challenge facing the maritime industry is to discover new energy sources to operate ships in order to achieve carbon neutrality. Which fuel, whether hydrogen, ammonia, LNG, electricity, or something else, will lead the industry towards this goal? How can the industry work to improve efficiency and ensure safety in order to commercialise this new energy source? At Sea Japan 2024 you will find the products, technologies and concepts that hold the key to solving this challenge.

There is a shortage of human resources not only within the maritime industry but in all industries around the world. This is driving the quest for technologies that will be used in the future to compensate for the shortage of manpower both aboard ship and ashore. Sea Japan 2024 will showcase a wide range of technologies for increasing automation and efficiency in vessel operations.

Responding to the growing opportunities for the maritime industry in offshore energy and resource development as well as in the ports sector, “Offshore & Port Tech” has been launched alongside Sea Japan 2024. The expansion and development of marine related resources such as offshore wind, tidal energy, sub-sea mining and aquaculture can only be achieved by calling upon the time-proven technologies, products and services of the shipbuilding, marine engineering and shipping industries. Offshore & Port Tech will explore the possibilities for technology repurposing and implementation, and the related new business opportunities.

A full program of conferences, seminars and workshops will be held alongside the exhibition. Seminars in the technical program will cover topics not only about clean energy but also DX, carbon neutral port and many others that industry professionals are currently facing. All sessions are free of charge, so don’t miss this opportunity to get up to date on the latest trends and developments in the maritime industry. The seminar programme has already been announced in February for you to be updated before your visit to the event.

Protea Ltd manufactures an extensive range of gas analysers for use in both Continuous Emission and Process Monitoring. This enables Protea to select the product best suited to the application without compromise. Protea operates from two modern facilities incorporating application development, production and after sales support. Our customers are supported by a worldwide partner company network employing factory trained service personnel backed up by our service team. Come and visit our booth 1J-09 to discuss our extensive range of products and expertise.

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25th March 2024 - Shipping Emissions CCS Trial Deemed A Success

A UK-based developer of carbon capture solutions has completed a successful trial of its carbon looping carbon capture technology on a commercial container ship, the Sounion Trader, owned by Lomar. Following this achievement, the company now aims to scale up the technology, with plans to initiate commercial operations by 2025.

Shipping Emissions CCS Trial Deemed A Success

Seabound's system has the potential to capture up to 95% of a ship's CO2 emissions, converting them into solid calcium carbonate pebbles for reuse or sale upon unloading at port. Securing US$1.5 million in grant funding from the UK government's Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 3, Seabound and Lomar facilitated part of the pilot project.

Installed on a 3200 TEU container ship, Seabound's compact carbon capture system demonstrated an impressive efficiency, capturing approximately 80% of CO2 and around 90% of sulfur emissions during the test. The Sounion Trader, a 240-meter-long container ship, underwent the trial in the Persian Gulf, showcasing one of the few ships actively working to reduce their carbon footprint by capturing and storing CO2 emissions onboard. However, accommodating large quantities of CO2 poses a challenge for shipping companies, considering the energy and space trade-offs with regular cargo.

During the trial, the prototype system successfully captured 1 tonne of CO2 per day. The Seabound team installed the system at a shipyard in Turkey and spent two months onboard the vessel, conducting tests to enhance carbon capture efficiency, which eventually reached 78%, with sulfur capture efficiency exceeding 90%.

With the pilot concluded, Seabound shifts its focus to developing full-scale carbon capture systems for commercial deployment starting from 2025. The prototype system, which underwent prior land-based trials, was installed on the vessel along with a container of calcium oxide, facilitating the conversion of CO2 into limestone for storage.

Following positive outcomes, the system has been disassembled and returned to Seabound's facilities in north London, preparing for a larger-scale trial. However, the challenge for all maritime carbon capture solutions remains the need for effective CO2 storage, whether for reuse, incorporation into larger transport systems, or sequestration. The volume of storage space is a critical factor determining the feasibility of CO2 capture solutions.

The landscape of carbon capture storage and emissions management/monitoring is changing rapidly both onshore and offshore.

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18th March 2024 - The Three Main Steps Of Carbon Capture & Storage

Protea has been running a number of articles on CCS during the year with a focus on the latest initiatives and activities around the globe. We thought we would revisit the principles of the process. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a process designed to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions produced from industrial processes or power generation and prevent them from entering the atmosphere. The captured CO2 is then transported to a storage site, typically deep underground, where it is securely stored to prevent its release into the atmosphere.

The Three Main Steps Of Carbon Capture & Storage

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is naturally absorbed from the atmosphere by forests, plants, oceans, and soils. However, these natural processes are slow and are being undermined by deforestation, pesticide overuse, and pollution. Carbon capture and storage (CCS), also known as carbon sequestration, offers a way to prevent excess CO2 from entering the atmosphere. The CCS process generally involves three main steps:

  1. Capture: CO2 is captured from large point sources such as power plants or industrial facilities before it is released into the atmosphere. There are various capture technologies available, including post-combustion capture, pre-combustion capture, and oxy-fuel combustion, each suited to different types of emissions sources.
  2. Transport: Once captured, the CO2 is transported via pipelines, ships, or other means to a suitable storage site. Transportation methods vary depending on the distance between the capture site and storage location.
  3. Storage: The captured CO2 is injected deep underground into geological formations such as depleted oil and gas reservoirs, saline aquifers, or coal seams. These geological formations act as natural traps, securely storing the CO2 and preventing it from escaping back into the atmosphere over long periods of time.

CCS has the potential to play a crucial role in mitigating climate change by reducing CO2 emissions from industrial processes and power generation. It allows for the continued use of fossil fuels while minimising their environmental impact. Additionally, CCS can enable the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere, helping to offset emissions from sectors that are difficult to decarbonise, such as heavy industry and transportation.

However, CCS also faces challenges, including high costs, technical feasibility, and public acceptance. Continued research, development, and deployment of CCS technologies are essential to realising its full potential as a tool for combating climate change. Protea’s multi-gas FTIR technology is ideally suited to new processes involving carbon reduction, such as Carbon Capture and Storage and CCS Online Monitoring.

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11th March 2024 - EU Targets 50M Tonnes Per Year Of CO2 Storage By 2030

The European Union (EU) aims to achieve a storage capacity of 50 million tonnes per year of CO2 by 2030 as part of its strategy to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, according to a new strategy released by the European Commission. This strategy emphasises the necessity of significantly increasing industrial carbon capture capacity to meet these goals.

EU Targets 50M Tonnes Per Year Of CO2 Storage By 2030

The Commission plans to establish a clear carbon accounting framework to encourage the utilization of captured CO2 as a resource in industrial processes, thereby reflecting the climate benefits of such utilisation. This initiative aims to drive the uptake of sustainable carbon in industrial sectors. To facilitate the implementation of industrial carbon management projects, the Commission outlines several key actions. These include:

  1. Investment and funding: The EU and Member States are encouraged to promote industrial carbon management projects under EU energy infrastructure programs and consider Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEIs). Additionally, the Commission will explore the possibility of supporting certain CO2 capture projects through market-based funding mechanisms such as competitive bidding auctions-as-a-service under the Innovation Fund.
  2. Research, innovation, and public awareness: The Commission plans to increase funding for research and innovation on industrial carbon management projects through existing instruments like Horizon Europe and the Innovation Fund. It will also support the establishment of a knowledge-sharing platform for carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS) projects. Furthermore, the Commission aims to raise public awareness of these technologies and their benefits, engaging with local communities to discuss potential rewards.
  3. International cooperation:The Commission intends to expedite collaboration with international partners on industrial carbon management, focusing on harmonising reporting and accounting of carbon management activities. It also aims to ensure that international carbon pricing frameworks consider removals to address emissions in hard-to-abate sectors.

The EU is committed to achieving net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. While significant emissions reductions will come from reducing current emission levels, technologies capable of capturing or removing CO2 directly from the atmosphere will also be essential. These technologies will target sectors with particularly challenging emissions reduction requirements, such as process emissions in cement production or waste-to-energy processes.

The Industrial Carbon Management Communication adopted by the Commission provides detailed insights into how these technologies can contribute to reducing emissions by 90% by 2040 and achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Protea is at the forefront of carbon capture technology with our range of FTIR technologies. Protea’s multi-gas FTIR technology is ideally suited to new processes involving carbon reduction, such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

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4th March 2024 - CCS Growth Is Set To Continue With Challenges Ahead

The carbon capture and storage (CCS) market is anticipated to witness growth despite facing challenges in initiating significant momentum in 2024, according to global financial services provider ING. ING suggests that expectations for rapid expansion this year should be tempered, giving way to more pragmatic anticipation of steady progress in the emerging carbon capture sector.

CCS Growth Is Set To Continue With Challenges Ahead

One of the obstacles hindering the CCS market is the prevailing uncertainty stemming from various factors, including upcoming elections in the EU and US. CCS serves as a critical technology for facilitating the transition towards a net-zero economy, and while its growth is expected to gather momentum in 2024, overly optimistic projections of rapid advancement are likely to moderate. Additionally, elections in key markets such as the US and EU will further compound existing uncertainties.

Another challenge lies in the substantial cost associated with carbon capture technology, which remains a significant impediment to market expansion, hindering its growth rate necessary for mitigating the climate crisis. However, governments worldwide are increasingly demonstrating support for CCS solutions, with some anticipating an eightfold increase in carbon capture capacity by 2030, as reported by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Presently, the global carbon capture and storage effort captures and stores only a minute fraction – 0.1% – of global CO2 emissions. However, to effectively curb rising temperatures, this figure must escalate to 15% by mid-century. Efforts to decarbonize the global economy are approaching a critical juncture, evidenced by agreements reached at the COP28 climate conference to transition away from fossil fuels and triple investment in renewables. Nonetheless, renewables alone cannot achieve a net-zero economy, underscoring the indispensable role of carbon capture and storage in preventing CO2 emissions and mitigating global warming.

In 2024, CCS technologies are poised to gain further traction. More companies in hard-to-abate sectors are committing to decarbonization and recognizing CCS as a cost-effective technology for emission reduction, particularly in industries like steel or plastics production. Concurrently, government support for CCS is on the rise. Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects an eightfold increase in CCS capacity by 2030, contingent on the realization of all announced projects.

However, forecasting capacity growth in the nascent CCS market presents challenges, as not all project announcements carry the same weight. While numerous projects are in the pipeline, only a fraction have progressed to the final investment decision stage, with construction either underway or imminent.

Despite these challenges, ING views CCS as a promising market in the long term. Nonetheless, the company is attuned to real-world factors that will influence the market in 2024, including elections in the US, EU, and India, demand from major emitters for CCS, carbon pricing, and social acceptance. Protea has a complete Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS) section here at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/carbon-capture-and-storage-ccs for more information.

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26th February 2024 - Joint Venture Announced To Build Ship Based Carbon Capture Systems

Pooling their expertise, the joint venture endeavors to assist vessel owners in curbing CO2 emissions from both newbuild and existing ships. Shipboard CO2 capture holds tremendous promise as a technology, particularly in the North Sea, which is poised to witness a surge in CO2 shipping due to its proximity to densely populated regions of northern Europe. Bouman Industries and Conoship International, partners in the EverLoNG ship-based carbon capture project, have inked an agreement to establish a joint venture aimed at constructing ship-based carbon capture (SBCC) systems.

Joint Venture Announced To Build Ship Based Carbon Capture Systems

The EverLoNG project seeks to promote the adoption of SBCC by showcasing its effectiveness on LNG-fueled vessels and advancing it towards market readiness. According to the partners, incorporating a ship-based carbon capture system to capture CO2 from exhaust gases could potentially slash shipboard CO2 emissions by up to 95 percent. The captured CO2 can be cooled and stored onboard, with the possibility of being utilised onshore to produce synthetic methane.

Onboard carbon capture (OCC) encompasses a variety of technologies designed to capture carbon dioxide emissions emitted by ships during operation. In post-combustion systems, OCC involves the purification of exhaust gases to isolate CO2, which is then stored onboard in different forms including gas, liquid, or mineral for eventual offloading. In pre-combustion systems, carbon is separated from the fuel to produce hydrogen, which is then utilised in specialised energy conversion machinery.

The concept of onboard carbon capture is garnering increasing attention as a viable solution for reducing carbon emissions from ships. With the competition intensifying for green energy carriers like ammonia, hydrogen, and methanol both within the maritime sector and across other industries, the costs are expected to rise significantly. Onboard carbon capture presents an effective means of decarbonisation, enabling the continued use of established maritime fuels while mitigating environmental impact. Protea’s multi-gas FTIR technology is ideally suited to new processes involving carbon reduction, such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

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22nd February 2024 - Protea At CEM India 2024 Booth 35

Members of the Protea team have enjoyed the last two days exhibiting at the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel in Delhi for CEM India. These CEM India events highlighted the benefits of CEMS such as quality control and process optimisation. It also offered help and solutions to process operators and end users to overcome the challenges of selecting the right technology, ensuring correct installation, proper calibration, and maintenance of their CEM systems.

Protea At CEM India 2024 Booth 35

The guidelines for continuous emission monitoring systems (CEMS) and continuous effluent quality monitoring systems (CEQMS) provide information on how suitable monitors are selected, installed and operated in order to demonstrate compliance. Continuous monitoring systems enable both compliance and enforcement of environmental regulations in India. Similar systems have been successful in Europe and the USA, and are being replicated by India and China. The aim of the CEM India conference and exhibition is to help process operators meet environmental objectives by providing guidelines, technical support and practicable solutions.

Protea At CEM India 2024 Booth 35

India is one of the world's fastest growing economies, The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) of India has taken an important step to adopt Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) in India. The CPCB has initially directed plants in 17 categories of highly polluting industries to install CEMS for real time monitoring and compliance.

Protea At CEM India 2024 Booth 35

The main industries that have been targeted to install CEM Systems include Aluminium, Cement, Copper, Distilleries, Dying, Chlor Alkali, Fertilizers, Iron & Steel, Oil Refineries, Petrochemical plants, Pesticides, Pharmaceuticals, Power Plants, pulp and paper mills, sugar, Tanneries ,Zinc and the Copper industry. The Parameters for continuous monitoring include, Particulate matter, Fluoride, Ammonia, Sulphur Dioxide, NOx , Chlorine, HCL and Carbon Monoxide.

The CEM India conference follows on from the highly successful series of CEM events which have been held in Europe since 1997. CEM India will provide delegates and visitors in depth information on Indian regulation and policy, monitoring guidelines, calibration and quality control. There will be case study presentations from Industry as well as International speakers, Regulators and the Centre for Science and Environment on best practice , installation, procedures and data capture.

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19th February 2024 - Protea Exhibiting At CEM India 2024

Protea will be at the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi in India for CEM India at booth 35. Following on from the success of previous Emission monitoring events held in India the 3rd CEM India will take place in Delhi on the 20th-22nd February 2024. These CEM India events highlight the benefits of CEMS such as quality control and process optimisation but also offer help and solutions to process operators and end users to overcome the challenges of selecting the right technology, ensuring correct installation, proper calibration, and maintenance of their CEM systems.

Protea Exhibiting At CEM India 2024

India is one of the world's fastest growing economies. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) of India has taken an important step to adopt Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) in India. The CPCB has initially directed plants of highly polluting industries to install CEMS for real time monitoring and compliance. The guidelines for continuous emission monitoring systems (CEMS) and continuous effluent quality monitoring systems (CEQMS) provide information on how suitable monitors are selected, installed, and operated to demonstrate compliance. Continuous monitoring systems enable both compliance and enforcement of environmental regulations in India. Similar systems have been successful in Europe and the USA and are being replicated by India and China.

The aim of the CEM India conference and exhibition is to help process operators meet environmental objectives by providing guidelines, technical support, and practicable solutions. CEM delegates should enter at Gate no. 6 in Convention Tower. Protea’s range of gas analysers have been used both in research into emerging technologies for CCS, but will also play an important role in the regulatory emissions monitoring from installations of CCS.

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15th February 2024 - Distributor Training In South Africa With SI Analytics

A member of our training team recently delivered a training session which was held for a distributor located in South Africa. SI Analytics is a long-standing distributor partner whose staff members undertook training on the Protea P2000 and P5000 range with the training taking place from 22nd January 2024 to 26th January 2024.

Distributor Training In South Africa With SI Analytics

Topics covered included P2000 Familiarisation, Infrared photometer principles, P2000 site service, Control Units and Analyser Software, P5000 Site Service and Troubleshooting and fault finding.

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The Protea 2000 In-Situ Infra-red gas analyser connected to a Protea Control Unit forms the basis of a Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS). The Stack Mounted In-Situ analyser monitors the stack gas without the need for any sample handling equipment making it a cost effective solution to Continuous Emission Monitoring and Process applications.

The Protea 5000 is an ultra-violet (UV), continuous emission monitoring analyser, designed for in-situ analysis of gas-phase emission components. Using absorption spectroscopy, Protea 5000 stores and analyses the full UV spectrum and calculates the gas emission concentrations.

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12th February 2024 - Protea Giving A Training Session At EUEC2024 In Dallas

Protea will be in attendance with one of our distributors Delta Instruments on booth 623 at EUEC2024 located at the Irving Convention Center in Dallas. We will also be providing a “must attend” training session for experts and operators of CEMs. This training session is part of "Track B" which includes EPA policy and procedures for accurate monitoring, reporting, and auditing of emissions pursuant to Part 75 of the Acid Rain Program & Clean Air Interstate Rule. This will be in Room Room 2 (Track B) Wednesday, February 14, 2024 covering CEMS, Emission Testing, Monitoring, Modeling, Remote Sensing. Come and visit the show and speak to one of the Protea team.

Protea Giving A Training Session At EUEC2024 In Dallas

Victoria Brewster from Protea who is Product Leader of Spectroscopic Solutions, will be presenting and stated "The generation of electricity from municipal digesters and landfill is of increasing interest, as the biogas can allow for a form of renewable energy. Organosilicon compounds often find their way into land-fill or digester gases as siloxanes. Siloxanes are low-level hazards to the atmosphere in terms of their emissions, however when they are combusted in gas engines the hard silica that is produced is very harsh to the moving parts of the gas engine. Ultimately this increases maintenance cost and gives a lower energy output, making the generation of power less efficient."

Victoria went on to state "With this ever-growing market, the need for analysis of the siloxane content of the biogas pre-generator is important. A land-fill gas plant operator can determine the amount of siloxane removal of the pre-combustion feed gas. This enables a more cost-effective cleaning system to be employed. They can also determine whether an existing clean-up system is operating effectivelyThere is currently no standard method for gaseous siloxane measurement and to date no on-line gas process monitoring system. The usual method of gas analysis has involved the extraction of a sample gas, via bag or cylinder, and analysis off-plant. Sampling losses of siloxanes inevitably occur, as the sample can be adsorbed onto the sample container walls."

Protea has developed an analytical model for our atmosFIR FTIR gas analyser that allows speciation of siloxanes on-line. The full spectrum technique of FTIR also allows for the measurement of the main gas components, CH4 , CO2 , NH3 etc. providing real time, in-situ full gas composition analysis. In this paper we compare direct readings from a Protea FTIR with offline sampling methods. Comparisons have been made for siloxane calibration standards as well as real world gas data from both landfill and waste water.

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6th February 2024 - CCUS Vision Sets Out Plans for New Competitive Market in Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage

The UK government has recently revealed a bold new plan aimed at fostering a competitive carbon capture market, bolstered by an unprecedented £20 billion investment. This initiative, dubbed the CCUS Vision, outlines a roadmap for establishing a thriving UK carbon capture, usage, and storage market by 2035, thereby generating employment opportunities and advancing the nation's commitment to achieving net zero emissions.

CCUS Vision sets out plans for new competitive market in Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) by 2035

Under the CCUS Vision, the UK aims to evolve from early-stage projects supported by government funding to a competitive market by 2035. This transition will empower UK enterprises to vie for the construction of carbon capture facilities and offer their services globally. Projections suggest that this endeavour could inject £5 billion annually into the economy by 2050, positioning the UK as a frontrunner in carbon capture technology while fulfilling its net zero objectives in a financially sustainable manner that alleviates the burden on taxpayers.

Carbon capture technology entails capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions before they are released into the atmosphere and securely storing them underground, utilising voids created by oil and gas extraction. The UK holds a strategic advantage in this regard, owing to its distinctive geology, skilled workforce, and robust infrastructure as an island nation. Moreover, the North Sea presents ample storage capacity for up to 78 billion tonnes of CO2.

This initiative represents the latest stride in advancing CCUS technologies, which aim to sequester 20-30 million tonnes of CO2 annually by 2030 and create 50,000 jobs by the same year, backed by a substantial £20 billion investment. Simultaneously, the government is facilitating the expansion of the HyNet Cluster in the North-West and Wales, inviting more companies to join and contribute to the region's growth, thereby fostering additional employment opportunities and investment.

Ruth Herbert, CEO, Carbon Capture and Storage Association said: "We welcome the CCUS Vision published today, setting out a long-term strategy for the UK’s CCUS industry to be able to store over 50Mt a year by 2035 to support the decarbonisation of domestic industries and take advantage of export opportunities. It is great to see CO2 transport by ship, road and rail will be enabled from 2025 onwards, which will also support longer-term cross-border CO2 transport solutions."

Protea’s atmosFIR FTIR gas analyser has proven a valuable tool in research into the effective storage of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the North Sea. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) could be key in the reduction in Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from industrial processes. Protea’s range of gas analysers have been used both in research into emerging technologies for CCS, but will also play an important role in the regulatory emissions monitoring from installations of CCS.

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29th January 2024 - China Aims To Build More Than Half The World's Cleaner-fuel Ships By 2025

China has outlined an ambitious target to manufacture over half of the world's cleaner-fuel-powered ships by 2025, as revealed in guidelines released by the industry ministry on Thursday. Although the guidelines did not specify the exact number of ships involved, they emphasised China's commitment to constructing more vessels propelled by lower-carbon fuels like methanol and liquefied natural gas. This initiative aligns with Beijing's broader aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

China Aims To Build More Than Half The World's Cleaner-fuel Ships By 2025

The document issued by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology emphasises the need to implement innovation in ship engines, enhance the efficiency of traditional fuel and liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine engines, and progressively increase the widespread use of LNG in marine engines. Key enterprises have already made strides in reducing pollution and carbon emissions, with comprehensive energy consumption decreasing by 13.5% from 2020 levels, according to the guidelines. The environmental transformation of the shipping industry is slated for completion by 2030.

In 2023, China's shipyards constructed more than 50% of the world's ships. However, the shipbuilding landscape is on the brink of a significant shift, with fleet owners transitioning from oil-powered vessels to those utilising cleaner fuels in pursuit of the International Maritime Organisation's emission-free target by around 2050. With approval from a number of classification societies, backed up by MCERTS emissions and EX zone approvals, Protea’s Marine Emissions analysers meet the legislative requirements.

Beyond the target for manufacturing cleaner-fuel ships, China also intends to expedite research and design efforts for new ship types powered by liquefied ammonia, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide. A unit of China State Shipbuilding Co. has already secured over $1 billion in contracts to construct methanol container ships for A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, as reported recently.

This goal aligns with Beijing's broader strategy to future-proof its extensive industrial complex by focusing on sectors poised to gain prominence in the global effort to reduce emissions over the coming decades. China already holds a dominant position in the global production of solar panels, batteries, and electric vehicles.

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23rd January 2024 - Could Shipping Journeys Become Longer Due To Geopolitics?

Global shipping offers several pinch points or potential bottlenecks spread across the world's seas and oceans. There is potential for geopolitics to interrupt these recognised routes making journeys longer in both time and nautical distance. This in turn would have a major impact on not just cost, but also marine and shipping emissions.

Could Shipping Journeys Become Longer Due To Geopolitics?

As tankers, car-carriers, cruise ships and various merchant vessels navigate the Malacca Strait, the presence of unlit fishing boats weaving through shipping lanes at night makes it one of the world's most challenging sea areas to transit, even in times of peace. In the event of a major war in Asia, these challenges could escalate significantly, with hundreds of vessels hastily leaving international waters in the middle of the Strait, seeking potential safety within the national territorial waters of nearby neutral nations.

The Strait, positioned between Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, serves as the entry point from the Indian Ocean into the South China Sea, acting as a crucial maritime choke point for the transportation of goods manufactured in Asia to the rest of the world. It also plays a vital role in carrying a substantial portion of Asia's oil and gas, including three-quarters of China's supply.

Currently, the immediate threat to shipping in the region is relatively limited, though there are some areas of concern where shipping companies are taking action such especially around the Gulf of Aden, where Houthi militants have targeted multiple vessels since the start of the conflict across Gaza and Israel which is ongoing. In the Gulf of Aden, these attacks, along with attempted and successful hijackings by small boats, represent the most significant disruption to maritime trade since the peak of the Somali piracy crisis in 2011.

We also have the Black Sea conflict with Ukraine and Russia which is accessed via the Bosporus Strait. The potential for further conflict or geopolitical events globally is open to change very quickly with global powers seeking influence, territory and resources. As the word becomes smaller shipping distances could actually get longer. This would impact shipping and marine emissions significantly. Virtually all ships use liquid fossil fuels as the main energy source. Fuel grades range from distillate to residual. Distillate 'gas oil' contains little sulphur and is of low viscosity so needs no heating for combustion. Residual 'heavy fuel oil' is black in appearance, contains on average 2.7% sulphur and needs heating to over 120°C for combustion.

Recognised shipping routes include the following listed below:

  • Strait of Hormuz between Oman and Iran at the entrance to the Persian Gulf
  • Bab-el-Mandeb passage from the Arabian Sea to the Red Sea (Yemen and Socotra)
  • Strait of Malacca and the Singapore Strait between Malaysia and Sumatra (Indonesia)
  • Panama Canal and the Panama Pipeline connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
  • Suez Canal and the Sumed Pipeline connecting the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea (Egypt)
  • Strait of Gibraltar along the Atlantic Ocean entering the Mediterranean Sea (Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco)
  • Strait of Dover or English Channel separating the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea (England and France)
  • Strait of Magellan & Drake Passage (Chile)
  • Beagle Channel (Chile and Argentina)
  • The Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)
  • Bering Strait (United States of America and Russia)
  • Bosporus Strait linking the Black Sea (and oil coming from the Caspian Sea region) to the Mediterranean Sea (Turkey)
  • Dardanelles Strait connecting the Sea of Marmara with the Aegean Sea (Turkey)
  • Strait of Tartary along Sea of Japan and Sea of Okhotsk (Russia)

The impact of some of these choke points becoming closed would have a major impact on the IMO GHG strategy which states; The IMO remains committed to reducing GHG emissions from international shipping and, as a matter of urgency, aims to phase them out as soon as possible, while promoting, in the context of this Levels of ambition directing the 2023 IMO GHG Strategy are as follows:

  • Carbon intensity of the ship to decline through further improvement of the energy efficiency for new ships - to review with the aim of strengthening the energy efficiency design requirements for ships.
  • Carbon intensity of international shipping to decline - To reduce CO2 emissions per transport work, as an average across international shipping, by at least 40% by 2030, compared to 2008.
  • Uptake of zero or near-zero GHG emission technologies, fuels and/or energy sources to increase - Uptake of zero or near-zero GHG emission technologies, fuels and/or energy sources to represent at least 5%, striving for 10%, of the energy used by international shipping by 2030.
  • GHG emissions from international shipping to reach net zero - To peak GHG emissions from international shipping as soon as possible and to reach net-zero GHG emissions by or around, i.e. close to 2050, taking into account different national circumstances, whilst pursuing efforts towards phasing them out as called for in the Vision consistent with the long-term temperature goal set out in Article 2 of the Paris Agreement.

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15th January 2024 - LNG Fuel Bunkering Increases With New Emissions Rules

In just under 18 months, the Mediterranean is poised to implement stricter limits on maritime emissions. Market observers in the region are already anticipating that liquefied natural gas (LNG) will emerge as a favourable alternative to traditional and more polluting marine fuels.

LNG Fuel Bunkering Increases With New Emissions Rules

Late last year, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) adopted new regulations designating the Mediterranean as an Emission Control Area (ECA) effective May 1, 2025. This move involves a reduction in the sulfur cap of marine fuels, earning praise from environmentalists but potentially leading to increased costs for traditional bunkering. According to maritime classification society DNV, compared to heavy fuel oil, the use of LNG could result in up to an 80% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, nearly eliminating sulfur oxide emissions and particulate matter.

With the Mediterranean transitioning into an ECA, Jason Stefanatos, Global Decarbonisation Director at DNV, anticipates heightened interest in LNG, noting changes in business cases for vessels compared to the past. This development aligns with the global expansion of LNG-fueled fleets, with LNG-fueled vessels holding the largest share in the alternative-fueled ship order book, as reported by DNV. Currently, there are 438 LNG ships in operation, with 97 on order. DNV predicts a significant increase, reaching 505 LNG ships in 2026.

While the majority of the existing 978 LNG-fueled ships operate globally, a noteworthy 19% exclusively operate in Europe, followed by Asia at 8% and America at 5%. In the Mediterranean, the port of Barcelona, recognised as a bunkering hub, witnessed LNG bunkering operations accounting for nearly 11% of total bunkering operations in 2021. Industry coalition group SEA-LNG data indicates approximately 16 LNG bunkering locations in the Mediterranean region.

The DNV observes a steady increase in LNG bunkering activities in the Mediterranean over the past year and anticipates further growth. Drawing parallels to the North Sea's ECA designation in 2015, suggesting a similar trend may unfold in the Mediterranean, despite recognising distinct conditions.

The ECA designation would render very low sulfur fuel (VSLFO) non-compliant as a shipping fuel in the Mediterranean. While marine gasoil (MGO) remains permissible under the new legislation, LNG is expected to be more competitively priced, according to trading sources. Regardless of fuel choice there needs to be an effective Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS). With our marine analysers installed on vessels all over the world, the ongoing service and support for the equipment is satisfied by our dedicated network working in and around major ports and installation locations.

The need to demonstrate environmental responsibility is key for today’s marine and offshore industries.

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8th January 2024 - Research Article Offers Impact Of Alternative Shipping Fuels

A recent study published in the online journal "Environments" assessed the environmental impact of eight alternative fuels in international shipping, comparing marginal and average emissions. The primary focus of the study was driven by global warming and environmental concerns, aiming to identify the most sustainable alternative among candidate fuels.

Research Article Offers Impact Of Alternative Shipping Fuels

The research utilised life-cycle analysis (LCA) to evaluate the environmental impact of various fuels, emphasizing the importance of considering marginal emissions in predicting the effects of large-scale fuel transitions. The study compared marginal and average emissions for eight marine fuels, revealing non-intuitive results regarding biofuels. Despite significantly lower average emissions (19-73 kg CO2/MJ) compared to conventionally used fuel oils (169-175 kg CO2/MJ), biofuels exhibited equally or higher marginal greenhouse gas emissions (162-270 kg CO2/MJ propulsion). This discrepancy was attributed to the limited availability of climate-efficient biofuels, indicating that a large-scale shift to biofuels would not presently lead to substantial reductions in the shipping industry's climate impact. The study highlighted the following marine fuels:

  • High-sulfur fuel oil
  • Very-low-sulfur fuel oil
  • Marine gas oil
  • Liquified natural gas
  • Biomethane
  • Biomethanol
  • Fossil methanol
  • Hydro-treated vegetable oil

International shipping has grown significantly during the past three decades because of the globalisation of markets and the lower fuel consumption of shipping compared to other transportation options. Nowadays, more than 80% of all globally traded goods are transported via international shipping.

The study's findings indicate a potential risk due to the current higher demand for bio-based fuels compared to their supply. This situation raises concerns about the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of marginal biofuels, which are considerably higher than their average emissions. This consideration is crucial before embarking on a rapid, large-scale fuel switch, particularly in industries like shipping. Although biofuels have the potential to significantly reduce GHG emissions in shipping, achieving this requires a substantial reduction in marginal emissions from biofuel production, possibly through the use of more sustainable feedstocks.

The comprehensive Life Cycle Analysis (cLCA) suggests that substituting fossil oil products (VLSFO, MGO, and HSFO) with biofuels or LNG currently yields only limited positive climate impacts (e.g., with biomethane) or is directly counterproductive (as seen with biomethanol and HVO sourced from dedicated crops instead of residues). To meet the climate goals of the maritime industry, additional measures are essential. These include more climate-efficient biofuel production, the development of more energy-efficient ships, a reduction in shipping volumes, and the implementation of carbon capture techniques. In the long term, the adoption of climate-neutral electrochemical fuels, such as hydrogen and ammonia, is deemed crucial for achieving sustainability objectives. The paper reports marginal emissions values of:

  • 169-220 kg CO2/MJ for Biofuels
  • 162 kg CO2/MJ for Biomethane
  • 180 kg CO2/MJ for Liquified natural gas
  • 148-262 kg CO2/MJ Conventional bunkers

The full report can be found online at MDPI.com being created by Gustav Krantz, Christian Moretti, Miguel Brandão, Mikael Hedenqvist and Fritjof Nilsson and is available here https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3298/10/9/155.

The need to demonstrate environmental responsibility is key for today’s marine and offshore industries. Charterers and the public demand high standards of performance and reliability. Fuels and exhaust gas emissions are also the subject of international, regional and national controls. The most significant is IMO MARPOL Annex VI – Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, which also applies to mobile offshore drilling units and other oil industry platforms.

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4th January 2024 - Ensure Your Fleet Adheres To EU ETS Standards

With the imminent inclusion of maritime emissions in the EU's Emission Trading System (ETS) from January 2024, the industry finds itself continuously adapting, having spent much of 2023 striving to meet the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) CO2 requirements.

Ensure Your Fleet Adheres To EU ETS Standards

Starting January 1, 2024, all vessels exceeding 5,000 gross register tons (GRT) engaged in trade at EU ports will see their CO2 emissions contribute to the overall ETS cap, irrespective of their flag. The system encompasses 100% of emissions from intra-EU voyages and 50% of emissions related to loading or discharging outside the EU.

Consequently, shipping companies will need to acquire and surrender EU ETS emissions allowances (EUAs) for each tonne of reported CO2 (or CO2 equivalent) emissions. To facilitate a smoother transition, the initial phase-in period allows companies to surrender allowances for a portion of their emissions as outlined below:

  • 2025: 40% of emissions reported in 2024
  • 2026: 70% of emissions reported in 2025
  • 2027 onwards: 100% of reported emissions

Operators are required to submit an annual emissions report, with data for a given year verified by an accredited verifier before March 31 of the following year. Once verified, operators must surrender the equivalent number of allowances by April 30 of that year.

EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)

The EU ETS stands as a crucial element in the EU's strategy to combat climate change, serving as a key tool for cost-effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As the world's first major carbon market, it remains the largest of its kind.

The Protea 2000 emissions monitoring system is approved for the analysis of exhaust gases from the engines and boilers of ships and offshore rigs. Robust and with proven reliability, up to six gases can be measured including SO2, CO2 and NOx. The Protea 2000 emissions monitoring system comprises up to 8 exhaust mounted analysers, each with automatic verification facilities. Emissions data from the entire system is securely managed and displayed at a dedicated Classification Society approved panel PC, with outputs to networks, control systems, and reporting facilities. Contact our expert sales and support team for more information on how you can manage and control shipping and marine emissions in line with the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

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20th December 2023 - Season's Greetings From Twin-Tek

Season’s greetings from all of us and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are taking orders throughout December and will be operational offering support, products and services as normal. Our last working day before Christmas will be Friday 22nd December 2023, reopening on Tuesday 2nd January 2024. We would like to thank everyone involved with our company including our employees, customers, suppliers and people who have been involved in projects and related activities.

Season's Greetings From Twin-Tek

As a UK manufacturer of analysers using a range of technologies – IR, UV, FTIR, TDL and QMS – Protea can support the entire system from the analyser, software optimisation, systems automation and on-going service and support. Our core areas of expertise are for stack and marine emissions, where we are leading in the development of controlling global environmental emissions, pollution reduction and process improvement. Protea’s analysers can be applied to fixed applications, often in demanding environments, or portable monitoring tools to support environmental test laboratories and researchers.

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18th December 2023 - EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) Becomes Effective January 1st 2024

The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) stands as a cornerstone of the European Union's strategy to combat climate change, serving as a pivotal tool to cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It was initially introduced in 2005 and is the world's largest carbon market, representing a significant global initiative to address climate change by reducing emissions through a cap-and-trade mechanism.

EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) Becomes Effective January 1st 2024

A recent expansion of the EU ETS occurred with the enactment of new legislation on June 5, 2023, extending its reach to the maritime transport sector, which was previously excluded. These new rules, set to come into effect on January 1, 2024, will have a substantial impact on the European shipping industry.

The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) was originally established in 2005 as a market-driven approach to combat greenhouse gas emissions within the European Union. While it initially focused on energy-intensive sectors such as power generation and manufacturing, recent developments have incorporated shipping into the EU ETS. Key features of the EU Emissions Trading System:

• Imposes financial responsibility on polluters for their greenhouse gas emissions.
• Facilitates the reduction of emissions and generates revenue to support the EU's transition to a more environmentally friendly economy.
• Operates across all EU member states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway (EEA-EFTA states).
• Encompasses emissions from approximately 10,000 facilities in the energy and manufacturing sectors, as well as aircraft operators within and departing from the EU, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, amounting to around 40% of the EU's emissions.
• Will extend its coverage to emissions from maritime transport starting in 2024.

Through the EU ETS, the European Union has created a market-based mechanism that assigns a price to CO2 emissions, creating incentives for emissions reduction in the most cost-effective manner. The primary aim is to progressively decrease emissions in power generation and energy-intensive industries, such as iron production, aluminium manufacturing, cement production, glass manufacturing, cardboard production, and chemical industries. This system has contributed to reducing emissions from these sectors by approximately 35% between 2005 and 2021.

In December 2022, political negotiators reached a provisional agreement to extend the EU ETS to include the shipping industry. This agreement was subsequently ratified and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on May 16, 2023, officially bringing shipping activities within the scope of the ETS. As of 2024, ship operators will be obligated to monitor, report, and surrender allowances for each ton of CO2e they emit.

The UK Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) operates as a cap-and-trade system, restricting the overall level of greenhouse gas emissions. It establishes a carbon market with a price signal to encourage decarbonisation efforts. The UK ETS came into effect on January 1, 2021, replacing the UK's participation in the EU ETS, which was originally established in 2005.

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11th December 2023 - 5% Scalable Zero Emission Fuel (SZEF) Use By 2030 Progress Report

A recent analysis has revealed that the world is falling short of its goal to have zero-emission fuels represent 5% of international shipping fuels by 2030. This poses a significant challenge to the shipping industry's 2050 decarbonisation objective. Earlier efforts had proposed a crucial milestone known as the "2030 Breakthrough," aiming to achieve at least 5% utilisation of scalable zero emission fuel (SZEF) by 2030. This milestone was endorsed and further refined in the 2023 International Maritime Organization (IMO) GHG Strategy, which now aspires to reach "5%, with an aspiration for 10% utilisation of zero and near-zero GHG emission fuels by 2030" as a portion of the overall energy consumption in international shipping.

5% Scalable Zero Emission Fuel (SZEF) Use By 2030 Progress Report

The assessment was introduced at the recent annual summit of the Global Maritime Forum. This disclosed that the current production of scalable zero-emissions fuel (SZEF) in the pipeline would only satisfy a quarter of the required fuel by 2030. The Global Maritime Forum, a non-profit international organisation serving the global maritime sector, brings together leaders from the maritime industry, policymakers, experts, NGO's, and other influential decision-makers.

Furthermore, the progress in delivering zero-emission vessels is also falling short of expectations. By the end of 2022, there were 24 ships capable of operating on SZEF, primarily methanol, with an additional 144 on order. However, the report, conducted by the UMAS consultancy, which includes experts from the University College London Energy Institute, finds that the current orders are only one-fifth of what is necessary to meet mid-term targets.

Kathryn Palmer, the shipping lead of the UN COP Climate Champions, emphasised that the current progress is insufficient in terms of scale and pace, stating, "We need to see demand and supply actors collaborate to implement specific solutions." It is worth noting that global shipping is responsible for approximately 3% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions stemming from human activities. In response to this, the International Maritime Organisation revised its greenhouse gas strategy this year, endorsing the 5% target while also encouraging the industry to strive for achieving 10% zero-emission energy in international shipping fuels by the end of the decade.

Meeting the demand for 5 to 10% of shipping fuel in 2030 would require about 5.3 million metric tons of hydrogen, 29.8 million metric tons of ammonia, or 28.1 million metric tons of methanol. It is estimated that the industry will need to invest approximately $40 billion annually in SZEF bunkering and production.

The Getting to Zero Coalition, a collaborative effort between the Global Maritime Forum and the World Economic Forum, was initiated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in New York in 2019. This coalition brings together around 200 stakeholders from the shipping and fuels value chain. Its primary objective is to have economically viable Zero Emission Vessels operating on deep sea trade routes by 2030, supported by the necessary infrastructure for scalable zero-carbon energy sources, including production, distribution, storage, and bunkering.

The ultimate vision of the Getting to Zero Coalition is to achieve complete decarbonization of global shipping by 2050. In 2021, the Call to Action initiative was developed, involving more than 150 industry leaders and organisations, to urge governments and the global shipping industry to commit to full decarbonization of international shipping by 2050.

The key conclusion of the Global Maritime Forum report was stated as "Overall progress to reach the 5% by 2030 SZEF goal can be considered to have remained partially on track from last year. The past 12 months have seen significant developments in terms of international commitments at the IMO, national policy developments, industry announcements, and technological developments. However, in order to reach the 5% goal, significant progress remains necessary, especially in terms of concrete national policies turning the IMO’s level of ambition into specific economic and technical measures. There is also a need to turn growing appetite for zero carbon freight into concrete demand on the orderbook for SZEF vessels which can send the right signals to SZEF suppliers. The strong technological progress observed in recent years must continue to be capitalised on to ensure sufficient supply of SZEF in 2030, both in terms of expanding the announced pipeline of production and ensuring a sufficient proportion of announced capacity passes the final investment decision stage."

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5th December 2023 - Protea Exhibiting At Marintec 2023 In China

Protea have a booth at the Marintec 2023 China this week. Our booth number is N3C2A-07. Come and visit the global leader in Continuous Emissions and Periodic Emissions Monitoring Systems. Protea has been at the forefront of emissions monitoring systems for many years, as both a manufacturer and a user of stack emissions equipment. The event is running from Tuesday 5th December through to Friday 8th December 2023 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) in China.

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4th December 2023 - Marine Emissions Analysers P2000 In-Situ CEM In Focus

The Protea 2000 emissions monitoring system is approved for the analysis of exhaust gases from the engines and boilers of ships and offshore rigs. Robust and with proven reliability, up to six gases can be measured including SO2, CO2 and NOx.

Marine Emissions Analysers P2000 In-Situ CEM In Focus

The Protea 2000 emissions monitoring system comprises up to 8 exhaust mounted analysers, each with automatic verification facilities. Emissions data from the entire system is securely managed and displayed at a dedicated Classification Society approved panel PC, with outputs to networks, control systems, and reporting facilities.

The advanced Protea 2000 analyser utilises an in-situ (inside the exhaust) sample cell so avoiding the need to extract gas. Importantly this avoids the use of costly, high maintenance sample handling systems, and enables analysis of an unmodified, truly representative gas sample.

Exhaust gases from the combustion of residual and distillate fuels can be analysed, so that compliance can be confirmed in port, in Emissions Control Areas and in international waters. The Protea 2000 includes highly effective sintered filters that prevent the ingress of particulate matter into the sample gas cell and a heater to prevent condensation and deposits where the exhaust is below its dew point. Construction materials are ideally suited to the marine environment.

The analyser will automatically range change (capable of multiple ranges) in the event of a non-operational Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems. This also allows monitoring of higher levels of SO2 when the vessel is outside an ECA area but still subject to the higher global emission level.

The measurement range of Protea 2000 analysers is such that compliance can be confirmed even when regulated emissions are at a very low level. Emissions after an exhaust gas scrubber, that are the equivalent of 0.1% sulphur fuel, are readily measured. Protea 2000 analyser solutions can be fitted to all sizes of exhaust and ATEX/IEC approved options are available for use in the hazardous areas typically found in offshore and tanker applications.

The Protea marine CEMS has been designed for minimal intervention with a high availability, in addition the systems operate a comprehensive diagnostic routine. Enhanced Customer Support - Recent upgrades include our new Automatic Field Data Collection (AFDC) module that uniquely allows the ship's engineer to automatically run a routine collecting all the relevant data from the analyser under the various states of operation. This can then be e-mailed to Protea’s customer support team who will analyse and determine any remedial action required. Protea will upgrade existing Procal supplied CEMS saving the ships operator time and expenses and increasing emission data availability. For more information on the P2000 shipping and Marine emissions analyser please contact us at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/contact.

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27th November 2023 - New Study Reveals High NOx Emissions From Tier II Vs Tier I Engines

A recent research paper published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has brought attention to the concerning levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions originating from ships. This research paper examined 615 real-world NOx emission samples from 545 ships plying the waters between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in 2019. The measurements were collected through sensors attached to helicopters, which flew into the exhaust plumes of the vessels. The data encompassed a variety of engine age categories (tiers).

New Study Reveals High NOx Emissions From Tier II Vs Tier I Engines

Surprisingly, the results revealed that newer Tier II engines exhibited higher NOx emission rates than their older Tier I counterparts. Additionally, the study found no significant distinction in emissions between unregulated Tier 0 engines and Tier II engines.

Of particular concern is the discovery that the highest average NOx emission rates were observed when main engines operated at loads below 25%, averaging 12 grams per kilowatt-hour (g/kWh) across all vessel types and engine tiers. As engine loads increased, emission rates decreased, with mean rates dropping to 8.1 g/kWh at loads exceeding 75%. This finding challenges the established assumptions regarding NOx test cycles for marine engines, highlighting that these engines tend to operate at lower engine loads rather than higher engine loads, as previously believed.

The study suggests that current NOx regulations may necessitate revision to effectively combat air pollution. Its authors urge the International Maritime Organization to consider implementing not-to-exceed (NTE) standards for both new and existing ships, with a particular focus on operations at low loads. Furthermore, the study underscores the importance of including a test point below the 25% load threshold in future regulations.

These findings underscore the imperative need for more robust measures to address ship emissions and safeguard air quality in coastal regions. Effectively dealing with NOx pollution from ships is essential in the ongoing endeavor to combat climate change and promote sustainable maritime practices.

Tier 1-3 Emission Standards
The nonroad engine regulations of 1998 were structured as a three-tiered progression. Each tier involved a phased implementation (based on horsepower rating) over several years. Tier 1 standards were phased in from 1996 to 2000. The more stringent Tier 2 standards became effective from 2001 to 2006, with even stricter Tier 3 standards being phased in from 2006 to 2008 (Tier 3 standards applied only to engines ranging from 37-560 kW).

Whilst the pace of change may have created uncertainty across all Tier engine classifications (Tiers I, II, & III) pushing the boundaries for some technologies, the Protea 2000 emissions monitoring system has been proven in long-term service onboard ship as a robust and reliable method of confirming compliance with emissions regulations.

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20th November 2023 - Future Fuel Types For Shipping & Cargo Vessels Being Commissioned

There are an estimated 60,000 cargo ships worldwide, and this number is continually changing as new vessels are constructed and older ones are retired. Cargo ships can be categorised based on their design, size, and the type of cargo they transport. Fuel type is also going to a categorisation that will become more important moving forward.

Future Fuel Types For Shipping & Cargo Vessels Being Commissioned

Ships powered by oil and diesel face challenges in transitioning to green fuels. To achieve a greener fleet, the approximately 60,000 ships in operation worldwide will need significant upgrades or replacements by 2050. Retrofitting existing vessels to run on methanol and ammonia is possible but costly, with expenses ranging from $5 million to $15 million per ship, irrespective of their size. For older vessels, this investment may not be economically viable given their remaining service life.

Three future fuel options for shipping vessels are emerging being methanol, ammonia, and hydrogen. Container shipping lines like Maersk, Evergreen, CMA CGM, and COSCO are ordering ships capable of burning both methanol and methane. Maersk, for instance, received its first dual-fuel vessel that operates on green methanol and fuel oil and completed a voyage from South Korea to Denmark with cargo in August 2023.

The world's first ammonia-fuel ready vessel, the ABS-classed Suezmax tanker "Kriti Future", has been delivered to new owners in Greece. MSC Cruises has also ordered two hydrogen-ready vessels for 2028. While these orders inspire optimism about decarbonisation, they represent a small fraction of the global fleet.

Transitioning to green fuels will necessitate the development of pipelines, storage tanks, and port refueling stations. In particular, green hydrogen, a crucial component for other green fuels, demands substantial investment for storage in specialized containers at temperatures around -253°C. The shipping industry has yet to reach a consensus on its fuel of the future, and it is likely that multiple options will be necessary due to the limited supply of renewable energy.

The positive aspect is that decarbonizing international shipping will have broader benefits beyond the industry itself. It will accelerate investments in renewable energy and offer sun-rich emerging economies the opportunity to produce cost-effective green hydrogen.

The shift of the shipping industry from bunker fuel to cleaner fuels is an essential component of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions targets by 2050. Achieving net zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050 aligns with efforts to limit the long-term global temperature increase to 1.5°C. This requires a profound transformation in how we generate, transport, and consume energy.

Protea will play a critical role in this transition, particularly in shipping and marine emissions monitoring. The Protea 2000 In-Situ Infra-red gas analyser, in conjunction with a Protea Control Unit, forms the foundation of a Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS).

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13th November 2023 - Long Term Emissions Monitoring Compliance With Protea

Despite recent efforts by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to enforce, strengthen and tighten requirements for reducing CO2 emissions, both the United Nations and the European Union are yet to mandate the use of precise and exact real time data. Currently the process can include unreliable calculations when it comes to the logging of marine and shipping emissions.

Long Term Emissions Monitoring Compliance With Protea

Over 95 percent of modern vessels currently utilise internal-combustion engines (ICE's) fueled by a range of petroleum products, including heavy fuel oil (HFO), marine gas oil (MGO), and marine diesel oil (MDO). Technology is available to provide a more accurate understanding when discussing ship emissions of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Sulfur Oxides (SOx) content in fossil fuel exhaust gases, and harmful particulate matter. This practice has been established on land for many years, but the need to demonstrate environmental responsibility is key for today’s marine and offshore industries.

Advanced equipment from Protea is available for precise measurements of CO2 and harmful particle emissions from ships. The technology is readily accessible, and it primarily involves shipping companies making modest investments in this equipment to demonstrate compliance with emission limits. Currently, shipping companies rely on calculating their emissions, but these calculations are known to be imprecise and can underestimate emissions. The Protea 2000 emissions monitoring system has been proven in long-term service onboard ships as a robust and reliable method of confirming compliance with emissions regulations.

Shipping firms frequently note the widespread incorporation of efficiency measures, yet only a limited number have initiated efforts to embrace novel fuels and alternative power systems. In the coming years, shipping is likely to migrate to a mixture of fuel types, blended with new technologies rather than a single fuel type. This will introduce challenges in accurately calculating emissions, particularly with the use of pilot fuels in the ignition process, which can lead to calculation inaccuracies but can be readily measured. Additionally, upcoming fuels like biofuel can be lacking in uniform composition, making accurate calculation harder and more difficult. They can be accurately measured to provide an exact representation.

If shipping companies do not voluntarily adopt this equipment on cargo ships, cruise ships, ferries, and other vessel types, policymakers should consider the necessity of requiring documented emissions rather than relying on calculated estimates. Replacing variable unreliable calculations with solid real time data, will significantly bolster the industry's credibility and contribute to climate benefits. While decision-making in international forums may move slowly, it highlights the need to take the initiative across all sectors involved with shipping and marine emissions.

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6th November 2023 - European Maritime Industry Gears Up For Emission Fees

Beginning in January 2023, the shipping sector became a part of the European Union's Emissions Trading System, leading to substantial emission-related costs for ships transporting various goods in and out of the EU. This marks the world's first extensive carbon charge initiative for international shipping and aligns with the EU's environmental agenda to combat climate change. However, while these fees are significant, they may not be potent enough to trigger an immediate transition to cleaner marine fuels.

European Maritime Industry Gears Up For Emission Fees

The maritime industry will integrate with the EU's Emissions Trading System, imposing carbon emission expenses on large vessels, potentially running into hundreds of millions of dollars for some major freight companies.

To illustrate how this system operates: A ship transporting 5,000 standard-sized containers between the EU and Asia in a year generates around 40,000 tons of CO2. Since a portion of these emissions occurs outside of Europe, only half of them require coverage. Consequently, costs will be incurred for 20,000 tons of CO2, along with an additional 2,500 tons while the ship is in European ports. In the first year, 40% of qualifying emissions will be subject to charges. Using a carbon price of 90 euros per ton, this would amount to €810,000.

By 2025, when 70% of emissions must be accounted for, these costs will rise to 1.4 million, and by 2026, when all emissions are chargeable (assuming a 90-euro carbon price), they will reach 2 million. Additionally, the EU will enforce the FuelEU Maritime regulation in 2025, which is designed to encourage shippers to adopt cleaner fuels. This regulation establishes maximum limits on the annual greenhouse gas intensity of energy used by vessels, with increasingly stringent targets over time.

Shipping and Marine emissions are very much in the spotlight and will be at the forefront of all involved with the sector from global manufacturers, ship builders, cargo handling, operators and governments. This will make emissions monitoring even more vital as a key element across aspects of reporting of greenhouse gas emissions. The Protea range of systems available are designed to provide accurate, ongoing and real time measurement of all emissions relating to a vessel's propulsion and power generation system.

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30th October 2023 - Shipping Is Targeting Zero Emissions With A New Industry Coalition

The maritime industry is making significant strides towards achieving zero emissions. The Zero Emission Maritime Buyers Alliance (ZEMBA), a non-profit organization consisting of major retail brands, has initiated a Request for Proposals (RfP) for the transportation of 600,000 twenty-foot containers (TEUs) over a three-year period using ocean vessels powered by zero-emission fuels.

Shipping Is Targeting Zero Emissions With A New Industry Coalition

ZEMBA's inaugural tender has garnered support from over 20 members, including industry giants like Amazon, IKEA, Nike, and others. Shipping is among the challenging sectors where decarbonization is imperative, and ZEMBA's coalition is introducing innovative procurement methods with the backing of leading global companies.

Over the course of three years, ZEMBA aims to assist its member companies in reducing nearly 1 million tons of carbon emissions. The ZEMBA RfP is designed to solicit bids for shipping services from individual carriers or consortiums that achieve a minimum 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional fossil fuels throughout their lifecycle. The choice of fuel will also address safety and land use concerns, particularly those related to biogenic substances.

Through this initiative, ZEMBA expects to help its member companies reduce almost 1 million metric tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent to removing 215,000 cars from the road. The delivery of shipping services powered by cleaner fuels is anticipated by 2025.

Given the global reach of the maritime shipping sector and the multitude of companies relying on ocean transport, cargo owners cannot drive the demand for zero-emission solutions on their own. Initiatives like ZEMBA and the First Movers Coalition within the maritime decarbonization space allow cargo owners of various sizes to accelerate action and benefit from economies of scale.

ZEMBA stands out as the sole buyers' alliance in the maritime sector dedicated to expediting the commercial deployment of zero-emission shipping. By committing to ZE solutions through advanced market agreements, ZEMBA members will gain early access to zero-emission shipping services not currently available, instilling confidence among private sector stakeholders and policymakers that there is sufficient demand for zero-emission solutions to drive additional investment and regulatory action at the global, regional, and domestic levels.

The Zero Emission Maritime Buyers Alliance (ZEMBA) represents a groundbreaking consortium in the maritime industry, committed to hastening the adoption of zero-emission shipping, fostering economies of scale, and empowering cargo owners to achieve emissions reductions that surpass what any single freight buyer could achieve independently. Through consolidated demand and a competitive forward procurement process, ZEMBA members will access zero-emission shipping services ahead of the curve and encourage other participants in the maritime value chain to invest further, knowing that substantial demand for zero-emission solutions is present.

Protea has been at the forefront of emissions monitoring systems for 20 years, as both a manufacturer and a user of stack emissions equipment. We fully embrace industry leading shipping and marine emissions initiatives.

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24th October 2023 - Kormarine 2023 In Pictures

Protea are exhibiting at Kormarine 2023. The exhibition is proving to be a great success being held in Bexco (Busan Exhibition & Convention Center) Busan between 24th October 2023 to 27th October 2023. Protea are exhibiting at POD 12 on the UK Pavilion, side 1C61 offering the latest in Continuous Emissions and Periodic Emissions Monitoring Systems.

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Korea is holding its title for being one of the leading countries in the shipbuilding industry. According to Clarksons Research, 62% of high value-added vessel orders in the first half of 2022 occurred in Korean shipyards. Since its first event in 1980, KORMARINE has written the history of the shipbuilding and maritime industries with our exhibitors. And now, we are sailing with global leading companies. Protea has been at the forefront of emissions monitoring systems for 20 years, as both a manufacturer and a user of stack emissions equipment.

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23rd October 2023 - Distributor Service Training Event By Protea

In October Protea held a Service Training Event for some of our Distributors Service Engineers to learn more about our products. The attendees visited Protea Peterborough and Middlewich within the week and studied topics such as Servicing of the P2000/AtmosIR/FTIR.

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16th October 2023 - Protea Exhibiting At Kormarine 2023 In South Korea

Protea are exhibiting at Kormarine 2023. The exhibition will be held in Bexco (Busan Exhibition & Convention Center) Busan on 24th October 2023 to 27th October 2023, showing the very best of the Korean ship building and construction industry covering machinery, engineering and boat construction. Protea will be exhibiting at POD 12 on the UK Pavilion, side 1C61 offering the latest in Continuous Emissions and Periodic Emissions Monitoring Systems.

Protea Exhibiting At Kormarine 2023 In South Korea

Korea is holding its title for being one of the leading countries in the shipbuilding industry. According to Clarksons Research, 62% of high value-added vessel orders in the first half of 2022 occurred in Korean shipyards. Since its first event in 1980, KORMARINE has written the history of the shipbuilding and maritime industries with our exhibitors. And now, we are sailing with global leading companies. Protea has been at the forefront of emissions monitoring systems for 20 years, as both a manufacture and a user of stack emissions equipment.

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11th October 2023 - Shipping Emissions 20% Higher Than 10 Years Ago

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's "Review of Maritime Transport 2023," international shipping's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2023 were 20% higher than they were a decade earlier. Overall, the shipping industry accounts for over 80% of global trade volume and nearly 3% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Despite a dip of 0.4% in global maritime shipping volumes in 2022 due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, the report anticipates a 2.4% growth in 2023.

Shipping Emissions 20% Higher Than 10 Years Ago

Containerized trade, which saw a 3.7% decline in 2022, is expected to rebound with a 1.2% growth in 2023, followed by further expansion of 3% between 2024 and 2028. In contrast, oil and gas trade volumes exhibited strong growth in 2022, and tanker freight rates experienced a significant upturn driven by geopolitical events. Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, emphasised the urgency of decarbonizing maritime transport while ensuring economic growth. Striking a balance between environmental sustainability, regulatory compliance, and economic imperatives is essential for a prosperous, equitable, and resilient future for the industry.

Ship owners are grappling with the challenge of renewing their fleets amid uncertainty regarding technology and regulatory frameworks. Port terminals face similar dilemmas, particularly in making investment decisions. As the transition to alternative fuels is still in its early stages, a substantial 98.8% of the global fleet continues to rely on conventional fuels such as heavy fuel oil, light fuel oil, and diesel/gas oil.

Only 1.2% of vessels use alternative fuels, primarily liquified natural gas (LNG), with lesser adoption of battery/hybrid, liquified petroleum gas (LPG), and methanol. However, progress is underway, as 21% of vessels currently on order are designed to operate on alternative fuels, with LNG being the most prominent choice.

Breaking down the vessels on order and under construction by fuel type, LNG constitutes 52.1%, battery/hybrid accounts for 39.9%, LPG represents 5.5%, methanol makes up 3.4%, and hydrogen is at 0.3%. In terms of active tonnage, nearly 6% of the active fleet runs on alternative fuels, mainly LNG, and one-third of the tonnage on order is designed for alternative fuel use. It's worth noting that while LNG has a lower carbon footprint than heavy fuel oils, it remains a fossil fuel and faces challenges like methane emissions. Batteries are better suited for vessels operating shorter distances, according to the report.

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3rd October 2023 - UNCTAD Report Calls For Decarbonised Shipping

The United Nations has issued a call for swift decarbonisation of the shipping industry, cautioning that the cost could exceed $100 billion annually, as emissions from the sector continue to rise. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released its "Review of Maritime Transport 2023" ahead of World Maritime Day on 28 September 2023, advocating for an equitable and just transition towards a decarbonised shipping industry.

UNCTAD Report Calls For Decarbonised Shipping

UNCTAD underscores the urgent need for cleaner fuel options, digital solutions, and a fair transition to address the ongoing carbon emissions and regulatory uncertainties in the shipping sector. With the shipping industry responsible for more than 80% of the world's trade volume and nearly 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which have surged by 20% in a mere decade, the situation demands immediate action.

Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, emphasizes, "Maritime transport must decarbonize without delay, while sustaining economic growth. Striking a balance between environmental sustainability, regulatory compliance, and economic imperatives is crucial for a prosperous, fair, and resilient future for maritime transport." UNCTAD also expresses concerns about the aging global shipping fleet; as of the beginning of 2023, commercial vessels were, on average, 22.2 years old, marking a two-year increase from a decade ago. Over half of the world's fleet is now over 15 years old, underlining the growing need for continuous emissions monitoring systems, in which Protea is a global leader.

In preparation for the United Nations climate conference (COP28) in November of this year, UNCTAD will advocate for a transition to cleaner fuels in the shipping industry, emphasizing the necessity of an environmentally effective, procedurally equitable, socially just, technologically inclusive, and globally equitable strategy.

UNCTAD, an intergovernmental organization within the United Nations Secretariat, champions the interests of developing countries in global trade. Established in 1964 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), it reports to both the UNGA and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Comprising 195 member states, UNCTAD collaborates with non-governmental organisations worldwide, with its permanent secretariat headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

UNCTAD's primary goal is to formulate policies encompassing all facets of development, including trade, aid, transportation, finance, and technology. It was founded in response to concerns among developing nations that existing international institutions such as GATT (now replaced by the World Trade Organisation), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank were ill-equipped to address the specific challenges of developing countries. UNCTAD was conceived as a platform where developing nations could discuss and tackle issues related to their economic development.

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27th September 2023 - Protea Distributor Sales Conference

Protea Distributor Sales Conference held at the Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower, Barcelona, Spain. All key distributors attended to familiarise themselves with New / Upgraded Instruments and Software.

Protea Distributor Sales Conference

The training covered topics such as Protea FIR, FID, upgraded P2000, atmosIR and atmosFieldCal to maintain the existing installed base and new analysers. The Protea Team looks forward to meeting with you all again soon.

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26th September 2023 - CEM Barcelona 2023 In Pictures

Protea Exhibited at CEM Emissions Monitoring Barcelona 2023 and here we present our exhibition Stand and activity from the distributor sales conference which took place the day before the exhibition. The event was held on Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd September 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. This CEM event was the place to go for emissions monitoring solutions. The CEM 2023 conference was held in Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower, Barcelona, Spain.

CEM Barcelona 2023 In Pictures

In 2023 the CEM event was celebrating its 25th Anniversary, CEM first started in the United Kingdom in 1997 and has been held in The Netherlands, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Italy, The Czech Republic, Turkey, Portugal, India and Hungary. In 2022 the conference, due to covid, was held virtually, attracting delegates from all over the world, building on this success CEM 2023 was held on the 20th - 22nd September in Barcelona. Past visitors and delegates to the CEM events have come from a range of industries around the world that have a common goal and the need to monitor emissions from their plants or processes. For the 2023 event the Scientific Committee expanded the conference program to now include the pressing issues of achieving Net Zero Emissions.

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22nd September 2023 - Commercial Shipping Powered By Wind

Cargill, the largest private company in the United States and the world's leading agricultural shipping firm, has embarked on its inaugural voyage utilising specialised sails partially powered by wind. The primary objective is to investigate how wind propulsion can contribute to the reduction of energy consumption and carbon emissions in cargo ships and the broader maritime sector.

Commercial Shipping Powered By Wind

With a global annual transportation of 225 million tons of dry bulk cargo across more than six hundred vessels, Cargill aims to explore innovative solutions for sustainability. In pursuit of this goal, one of its cargo ships has been retrofitted with WindWings sails designed to curtail fuel consumption and consequently decrease carbon emissions associated with shipping. The vessel in question has been outfitted with two WindWings sails, each towering at a height of 37.5 meters (123 feet). Constructed from materials similar to those found in wind turbines, these sturdy sails can be integrated onto cargo ship decks, offering a feasible option for older vessels to enhance their environmental performance. The ship's inaugural journey will take a route from China to Brazil.

This pioneering project is a collaborative effort involving BAR Technologies (the developer of the sails), Cargill Ocean Transportation, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Yara Marine. Jan Dieleman, President of Cargill, underscores the challenges of decarbonising the maritime industry and the significance of innovation in propelling the sector forward. According to BAR Technologies, these expansive sails have the potential to reduce the ship's fuel consumption by approximately 20%. Cargill perceives this maiden voyage as a prospect to assess whether reverting to traditional wind-assisted propulsion could be a viable direction for the future of maritime cargo transportation.

Should the trial prove successful, Cargill intends to install WindWings on ten additional ships. The appeal of wind energy, described by Jan Dieleman as "free," offers an attractive incentive for this transition. He emphasises that while no single solution can entirely decarbonize the industry, wind-assisted propulsion technology holds promise in contributing to this effort.

The Pyxis Ocean joins a limited fleet of very few large commercial ships employing some form of wind-assisted propulsion. Despite over 110,000 new-build order vessels, fewer than 100 currently integrate wind-assisted technology. However, if more shipowners, operators, and charterers opt to harness renewable energy for their fleets, it could significantly impact cleaning up the environmentally taxing shipping sector. Protea views the integration of renewable energy systems as a positive stride, as saving one ton of marine fossil fuel usage is equivalent to mitigating around three tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Addressing carbon emissions on a broad scale within the shipping sector demands intricate implementation and substantial investment. Throughout this process, Cargill expresses its commitment to catalysing change, leveraging its central position in the value chain to drive positive transformations. By making significant investments in wind-assisted propulsion and green methanol fuel, Cargill demonstrates a willingness to share risks with commercial partners and recognises that the commercial value of these technologies can pave the way for widespread adoption.

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18th September 2023 - Showcase For A Green Shipping Programme

Norway has taken decisive strides towards establishing itself as a global frontrunner in efficient and environmentally-conscious shipping, epitomised by its Green Shipping Programme. This dynamic collaboration between the public and private sectors is wholly dedicated to advancing Norway's maritime strategies and objectives. Originally introduced as the Green Coastal Shipping Program in January 2015, this comprehensive initiative involved the participation of 16 private companies, various organisations, and two government ministries.

Showcase For A Green Shipping Programme

In 2019, the program underwent a name change, becoming the Green Shipping Programme (GSP), a shift that underlined its aspirations for global impact and its unwavering commitment to devising feasible solutions for efficient and eco-friendly shipping in alignment with both national and international climate targets.

At its core, the Green Shipping Programme (GSP), functioning as a public-private partnership, is designed to propel the Norwegian government's maritime strategies and plans forward. The program's overarching vision revolves around fostering and bolstering Norway's endeavor to establish itself as a global benchmark for the most efficient and environmentally-friendly shipping practices. Originally inaugurated in January 2015 under the moniker "the Green Coastal Shipping Program," In the spring of 2019, the program underwent a name transformation, rebranding itself as the Green Shipping Programme to express its international ambitions more explicitly.

By the spring of 2023, the program had expanded to include over 108 private companies and organisations, along with 12 public observers. Funding for the Green Shipping Programme is derived partially from public allocations within the Norwegian State budget and partly from contributions by its member entities. One of its primary goals is to be a global leader, providing the world's most efficient and environmentally-conscious shipping practices among all nations. As indicated, this program was initiated in 2015 and is now in its eighth year of operation.

A previous news article that we published provided insights into a single facet of the program, which has now been embraced by the European Union as a significant directive, particularly focusing on shore-to-ship power systems. We elaborated on some of the advantages of this initiative in our earlier news piece.

In April 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted a strategy aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping. This strategy established an ambition of reducing emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels. The overarching vision is to ultimately phase out greenhouse gas emissions from the industry as expeditiously as possible within this century. The revised strategy for 2023 now sets an even more ambitious goal of achieving net-zero emissions from ships "by or around, i.e. close to, 2050." This represents a significant enhancement in ambition compared to the initial 2018 strategy, which targeted a 50% reduction in emissions within the same timeframe. Protea is well-positioned to support these objectives with our suite of shipping emissions management technologies.

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12th September 2023 - Shipping Emissions Reduced Using Shore To Ship Power Systems

The European Union is on an inspirational journey advocating for the integration of shore-to-ship power systems within the shipping and maritime sector. With a resolute commitment to a more eco-friendly and sustainable future, the EU has taken definitive measures to counter the adverse impacts of greenhouse gas emissions. Drawing inspiration from the momentous Paris Agreement, the EU has established ambitious targets to curtail carbon emissions, initiating a transformative odyssey across various domains.

Shipping Emissions Reduced Using Shore To Ship Power Systems

Acknowledging the environmental challenges posed by sea vessels during their port sojourns, the EU recognises the detrimental effects of conventional diesel generators. In response, the EU has taken a leading role in promoting widespread implementation of shore-to-ship power systems, revolutionizing port operations and heralding a new era of sustainability.

The EU actively champions ecologically responsible solutions, ranging from promoting electric vehicle usage on land to revolutionising the maritime field. By placing pollution reduction at the forefront and embracing inventive strategies, the EU has embarked on a remarkable path that champions the adoption of shore-to-ship power systems in the maritime realm.

These cutting-edge systems facilitate vessels in seamlessly discontinuing their diesel generators upon docking, transitioning to electricity sourced from the port's power infrastructure. This ingenious approach not only eradicates harmful emissions but also substantially diminishes noise and vibrations in port vicinities, providing tangible advantages to nearby communities and marine ecosystems.

By enabling ships to connect to cleaner power sources during their stationary phases, the EU actively mitigates the environmental impact of the maritime sector, converting ports into thriving hubs of sustainability and advancement. The European Union has established ambitious targets through its Climate Law, aiming for a minimum 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, with the ultimate objective of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Within the maritime domain, around 6% to 7% of CO2 emissions arise during port stays within the European Economic Area.

This underscores the imperative to strongly promote sustainability in shipping and ensure that port services adopt eco-conscious practices while also establishing infrastructure for alternative fuels. Simultaneously, it's pivotal for key maritime and inland ports located along the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) to adapt to their critical role as strategic multimodal nodes and hubs for clean energy.

The Norwegian government stands out as a pioneer in shore-to-ship power systems, exemplified by the creation of the Green Shipping Program. A visionary initiative placing significant emphasis on the indispensable role of shore-to-ship power in achieving emission reduction goals. This program is dedicated to fostering the advancement and adoption of sustainable maritime solutions, with a specific focus on the development and integration of shore power infrastructure. By prioritising this innovative technology, the program strives to contribute to a more verdant and environmentally conscious future for the shipping industry.

The need to demonstrate environmental responsibility is key for today’s marine and offshore industries. Charterers and the public demand high standards of performance and reliability. Fuels and exhaust gas emissions are also the subject of international, regional and national controls.Protea is at the forefront of shipping emissions management, control and reduction. We have a full section on our website dedicated to shipping and marine emissions at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/marine.

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4th September 2023 - Marine Scrubber Control In Focus

Protea’s marine emissions analyser plays an important role in the operation and control of on-board emissions scrubbers. With regulations as laid out in the IMO publication MARPOL Annex VI, control of SO2 emissions from vessels is critical for operators. To reduce emissions, Sea Water Scrubber Flue Gas Desulphurisation (SWS FGD) is operated in both Open Loop and Closed Loop modes.

Marine Scrubber Control In Focus

Protea works closely with scrubber manufacturers and suppliers and partnership with our analyser can give vessel operators the peace of mind that the scrubber is operating effectively. The ability for the emissions analyser to also measure non-scrubbed emissions, under fuel switching operation, give the flexibility of operation for vessels. With the Protea P2000 marine emissions analyser installed, the reduction of SO2 emissions can clearly be demonstrated, and scrubber operation controlled to ensure efficiency. The P2000 marine emissions system is:

  • Certified by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • Marpol 73/78 Annex VI Reg 13 of the NOx Technical Code
  • Meets or exceeds requirements of IACS E10
  • Also meets or exceeds relevant parts of IEC 60945
  • US EPA 40 cfr Part 60 & 75 Compliant
  • Certified to MCERTS Std (EN 14181)
  • Approved by Classification Society

The need to demonstrate environmental responsibility is key for today’s marine and offshore industries. Charterers and the public demand high standards of performance and reliability. Fuels and exhaust gas emissions are also the subject of international, regional and national controls. The most significant is IMO MARPOL Annex VI - Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, which also applies to mobile offshore drilling units and other oil industry platforms. More information can be found at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/marine-scrubber-control.

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29th August 2023 - Maritime Biofuel Test Yields 20% Emission Reductions

In its most recent assessment, the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) has successfully achieved a noteworthy 20% decrease in emissions through trials involving maritime biofuels. The specific blend under scrutiny consisted of a 30% composition of hydrotreated vegetable oil biofuel, combined with 70% marine gas oil. GCMD's investigation centred on a dual-fuel liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessel, which exhibited the emission reduction when utilising the vegetable oil-infused biofuel in contrast to conventional very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO).

Maritime Biofuel Test Yields 20% Emission Reductions

The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation has been diligently conducting a series of tests using diverse biofuel combinations in the maritime shipping sector, all aimed at curtailing CO2 emissions. In the latest instance, this biofuel mixture was employed in the third of five supply chain bunkering trials, involving a substantial 200 million tons of the biofuel amalgam. Notably, the hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) component, constituting 30% of the blend, was entirely derived from waste and residues. This HVO was ingeniously incorporated into the trial as part of the blended fuel, synergising with marine gas oil provided by GoodFuels. The blended concoction served as the pivotal fuel for the LPG propulsion system.

These pilot tests of biofuel blends are oriented toward enabling maritime vessels to adhere to the updated regulations laid out by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The significance of these trials lies in their contribution to the joint efforts of the fuel and shipping sectors in formulating eco-friendly fuels, in line with the International Maritime Organisation's ambitious decarbonization objectives for 2030 and 2050.

Notably, in June, the IMO revisited its strategy for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, instating more stringent targets. The immediate objective is a 20–30% reduction in net emissions from maritime operations by 2030, followed by an even more ambitious 70–80% reduction target by 2040. In light of this, the GCMD emphasises that the recent testing, along with the previous two trials, ought to instill a greater sense of confidence among fuel consumers regarding their capacity to meet these revised stipulations.

Dr. Sanjay Kuttan, Chief Technical Officer at GCMD, elucidated, "This pilot initiative serves as a demonstration of how diverse tracing methods can safeguard the legitimacy and quantity of sustainable biofuels within the supply chain. Furthermore, employing a biofuel blend in conjunction with LPG emerges as a viable route for maritime vessels to attain the newly revised IMO benchmark for decarbonisation by 2030."

In the following months, GCMD is slated to execute the final two supply chain trials. These assessments are being conducted at the Port of Vlissingen in Flushing, the Netherlands. The gains in operational efficiency and the concurrent reduction in emissions are indeed a welcome outcome of these endeavors. Protea have a range of Marine and Shipping Emissions Analysers and Control Units and Scrubber Control Systems all providing a combined Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS). Our Marine and Shipping Emissions Monitoring systems are also backed by global approvals which can be viewed at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/marine-approvals.

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21st August 2023 - The EU Emission Trading System & Shipping In Focus

Emission trading schemes (ETS) are increasingly being seen as tools that governments and regulators can employ to combat pollution from international shipping. The central concept behind an ETS is to establish a market mechanism that enforces the "polluter pays" principle. Polluters are required to pay for the environmental and social costs of pollution, including cleanup expenses and potentially research into pollution-reducing technologies. Naturally, raising the cost of pollution provides an incentive to decrease its generation. Protea is a global lead on shipping and marine emissions monitoring systems with a full global support team across the whole of the EU. We are well placed to provide Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) to the shipping industry with our range of products and solutions.

The EU Emission Trading System & Shipping In Focus

The interest in extending current domestic emission trading programs to encompass international shipping has been growing. In the European Union (EU), a consensus has been reached on the application of the EU's emission trading system to the shipping industry starting from 2024. Ship owners and charterers need to begin contemplating how they will adhere to these requirements.

At the national level, governments can impose taxes on pollution sources at the point of production or sale, as seen with products like petrol. The intention is for these taxes to offset the expenses associated with managing pollution and encourage reduced consumption. However, the challenge with international shipping is that if only a few governments implement such taxes on bunker fuel, buyers are likely to adjust their strategies to avoid bunkering at the taxed ports. To make a sales tax on bunker fuel effective, major bunkering ports worldwide would need to collaborate and uniformly tax bunker fuel. Given the unlikelihood of such global cooperation in the near future, governments are now considering imposing charges on emissions rather than fuel sales.

Emission trading schemes (ETS) are increasingly being seen as tools that governments and regulators can employ to combat pollution from international shipping. The central concept behind an ETS is to establish a market mechanism that enforces the "polluter pays" principle. Polluters are required to pay for the environmental and social costs of pollution, including cleanup expenses and potentially research into pollution-reducing technologies. Naturally, raising the cost of pollution provides an incentive to decrease its generation.

Consequently, there is a growing interest in expanding existing emission trading schemes to encompass international shipping, including initiatives in the EU, China, and Japan. The core concept of an ETS involves a limited number of emission permits being traded on the market. Emitters must purchase and surrender enough allowances to cover their emissions. The price of these allowances will fluctuate based on supply and demand dynamics, motivating emitters to find cost-effective ways to reduce emissions.

The European Union Emission Trading Scheme, initiated in 2005, operates as a "cap and trade" system. CO2 emitters in specific sectors are required to buy allowances to cover their carbon emissions during designated trading periods. The quantity of allowances available at any given time is fixed, generally decreasing annually to drive emissions reduction within the EU. The implementation of this scheme in the shipping industry has been under deliberation for a while. However, a consensus seems to have emerged among the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers, and the European Commission on key features:

  • The system encompasses carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide emissions.
  • Application to all vessels over 5,000 gross tons operating within EU waters, regardless of their flag.
  • Commencement date of January 1, 2024 (moved from January 1, 2023).
  • Phased implementation: 40% coverage in 2024, 70% in 2025, and 100% in 2026.
  • Inclusion of all intra-EU voyage emissions.
  • Coverage of 50% of EU-bound and outbound voyage emissions.
  • The "shipping company" (defined as owner, manager, or bareboat charterer) is responsible for surrendering allowances.
  • A deadline of April 30 for surrendering allowances for the preceding calendar year (e.g., April 30, 2025, for 2024 emissions).
  • Non-compliance can result in penalties and expulsion orders.

Another area of discussion involves determining emissions during voyages into or out of the EU, and the potential for operators to evade full application of the EU ETS. For instance, if a vessel stops at an intermediary port just outside the EU shortly after leaving EU waters, the outbound voyage may be calculated as shorter than one from/to the actual next loading port. Although this issue is anticipated to be addressed in the implemented scheme, it currently requires further consideration.

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14th August 2023 - Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80) Recap

During the recent 2023 MEPC 80 session, the IMO strategy concerning the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships was approved. This version of the strategy incorporates more ambitious goals for addressing detrimental emissions. Protea is at the forefront of Shipping and Marine emissions monitoring with our P2000 range of Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS) specifically designed for stack exhaust power units.

Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80) Recap

The need to demonstrate environmental responsibility is key for today’s marine and offshore industries. The updated IMO GHG Strategy encompasses a heightened collective aspiration to achieve nearly zero greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping around 2050. This entails a pledge to promote the adoption of alternative fuels with minimal or zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and it also outlines approximate progress checkpoints for 2030 and 2040.

A key element from the recent MOEC 80 session was clarification on Tackling climate change - cutting GHG emissions from ships. During the 80th session of the International Maritime Organization's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80), an updated GHG Strategy was embraced. This revised approach strives to substantially diminish greenhouse gas emissions originating from worldwide maritime activities. The fresh objectives encompass a 20% emissions decrease by 2030, a 70% decrease by 2040 (in comparison to 2008 levels), and the overarching aim of attaining emissions neutrality by 2050. Anticipated to be enforceable around the middle of 2027, these novel regulations hold importance for ship proprietors, managers, equipment producers, and fuel providers.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has established worldwide guidelines pertaining to energy efficiency for vessels (further information can be found here). Furthermore, IMO remains actively engaged in implementing tangible measures to guarantee that global maritime transportation contributes proportionately to combating climate change.

Following extensive negotiations spanning multiple months, the 80th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80) concluded by endorsing the 2023 IMO Strategy for Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships. This revised strategy sets more ambitious goals to address detrimental emissions effectively.

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8th August 2023 - Shipping Industry Debates LNG Versus Fuel Oil

The shipping industry plays a significant role in global trade, accounting for 80-90 percent of merchandise trade volume. However, it also contributes heavily to greenhouse gas emissions, burning of fuel each year, resulting in one billion tonnes of CO2 emissions, which make up about 3 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Large ocean-going container ships, tankers, and bulk carriers are responsible for the majority of these pollutants as they transport goods worldwide. Efforts are being made to address this issue, but the implementation of measures is crucial.

Shipping Industry Debates LNG Versus Fuel Oil

In recent times, there has been a shift towards alternative fuels in the shipping industry, with a substantial number of new ships being ordered to run on methanol and methane, particularly in the form of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). While this might seem promising, it is important to consider the full impact of these fuels over their entire lifecycle.

At first glance, methanol and methane appear attractive alternatives as they contain less carbon than traditional oil-based fuels and are relatively cost-effective. However, when accounting for all greenhouse gases (GHG's) emitted during fuel production and consumption, the picture changes. Methanol produced from fossil natural gas emits vast amounts of CO2 during its manufacturing process. When combined with exhaust emissions from the ship's engine, the overall environmental impact of methanol turns out to be worse than conventional fuel by approximately 20%. To achieve significant GHG reductions, ship operators using methanol-powered ships would need to explore alternatives to fossil-based methanol, which are currently limited.

One potential option is capturing and sequestering CO2 emissions during production. However, such projects require time to scale up and significant investment, which will be justifiable only if greener methanol commands a premium price in the market. This is contingent on a proper accounting of upstream emissions in regulations.

In July 2023, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted a revised GHG reduction strategy, with member states discussing proposals for ambitious targets to phase out lifecycle GHG emissions by 2030, 2040, and 2050. The majority of member states support the shipping industry's goal of achieving zero lifecycle GHG emissions by 2050, aligning with the 1.5°C warming limit and avoiding out-of-sector offsets. Potential measures to support these targets include a technical element like a GHG fuel standard that gradually increases over time and considers lifecycle GHG emissions, along with an economic element like GHG pricing.

Regarding LNG, it does produce significantly lower amounts of CO2, soot, dust, particulates, sulphur dioxide, mercury, and other harmful compounds compared to coal and oil. Nonetheless, it still emits CO2, which contributes to greenhouse gas effects. To address emissions monitoring, the Protea P2000 emissions monitoring system is approved for analysing exhaust gases from ship engines and boilers. It can measure up to six gases, including SO2, CO2, and NOx, providing valuable data for emissions management.

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4th August 2023 - Protea Exhibiting at CEM Emissions Monitoring Barcelona 2023

Protea will be exhibiting at CEM Emissions Monitoring 2023 held in September this year. Dates of the event are Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd September 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. Our booth number is 48 for this CEM event, which is the place to go for emissions monitoring solutions. The CEM 2023 conference will be held in Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower, Barcelona, Spain. Come and visit Protea by registering for your tickets at https://www.ilmexhibitions.com/cem/registration/.

Protea Exhibiting at CEM Emissions Monitor Barcelona 2023

CEM is an International Conference and Exhibition dedicated to Emission Monitoring. Delegates and Visitors will gain valuable insights into the latest regulation, technologies and best practices in monitoring and measuring industrial emissions. The 15th CEM conference and exhibition will take place in Barcelona, Spain in September 2023. Find out more about at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/protea-exhibitions.

In 2023 the CEM event will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary, CEM first started in the United Kingdom in 1997 and has been held in The Netherlands, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Italy, The Czech Republic, Turkey, Portugal, India and Hungary. In 2022 the conference due to covid was held virtually attracting delegates from all over the world, building on this success we are now pleased to announce that CEM will be held Live on the 20th - 22nd September in Barcelona. Past visitors and delegates to the CEM events have come from a range of industries around the world that have a common goal and the need to monitor emissions from their plants or processes. For the 2023 event the Scientific Committee has expanded the conference program to now include the pressing issues of achieving Net Zero Emissions.

Visitors and delegates to the CEM events come from a range of industries around the world that have a common goal and the need to monitor emissions from their plants or processes. The Live Barcelona CEM event will encourage visitors and delegates network with industry influencers, speakers and leading CEM equipment and service suppliers all in one place at one time, this means visitors and delegates will get the best advice available on regulation, equipment, new products and new technologies on the market now and in the future.

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1st August 2023 - Goals For Greenhouse Gas Cuts Agreed With Shipping Emissions Levy Delayed

The imposition of a greenhouse gas emissions levy on international shipping to fund climate action has been postponed, but governments have reached agreements on greenhouse gas reduction goals. The conclusion of recent talks among 175 governments at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) received criticism from campaigners, who consider the agreement insufficient to decarbonize the sector.

Goals For Greenhouse Gas Cuts Agreed With Shipping Emissions Levy Delayed

Under the agreement, international shipping aims to reduce the carbon intensity by 40% by 2030, compared to 2008 levels. Carbon intensity refers to emissions produced per cargo and distance travelled. Additionally, governments have committed to cutting total emissions from international shipping by at least 20% by 2030, with an ambition to achieve 30% cuts by that date. The IMO has set a target of reaching net-zero emissions "close to" 2050. However, campaigners had hoped for a more ambitious goal, advocating for a 50% reduction by 2030 and a clear commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

The agreement also includes measures to encourage the adoption of clean technologies in shipping. By 2030, at least 5% of the energy used for international shipping should be zero carbon or near-zero carbon, with an ambition to reach 10% by that date.

Critics argue that these targets fall short of what is required to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as per the Paris Agreement's goal. They contend that at the current rate, international shipping is projected to exceed its 1.5 degrees Celsius carbon budget by around 2032 under this agreement. Campaigners expressed disappointment at the outcome of the talks, viewing it as a missed historic opportunity to align the shipping industry with the Paris Agreement's temperature goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius. They stress the urgency of continued efforts to decarbonize international shipping in a fair and equitable manner as soon as possible.

Shipping currently contributes about 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and without substantial intervention, this figure is expected to rise significantly due to the growing demand for shipping services, resulting in emissions accelerating faster than many other sectors. Whilst the pace of change has created uncertainty and appears to have pushed the boundaries for some technologies, the Protea 2000 emissions monitoring system has been proven in long-term service onboard ship as a robust and reliable method of confirming compliance with emissions regulations. Find out more about at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/marine-emissions-analysers

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24th July 2023 - Shipping Emissions In Europe Up To 3 Year High & Returns To Pre-Pandemic Levels

Europe's shipping industry experienced a concerning rise in CO2 emissions, reaching a three-year high in the previous year as it approached pre-pandemic activity levels. The analysis conducted by Transport & Environment (T&E) revealed that container and cargo vessels were the primary contributors to these emissions.

Shipping Emissions In Europe Up To 3 Year High & Returns To Pre-Pandemic Levels

According to T&E, vessels that visited European ports in 2022 emitted nearly 130 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). Additionally, the resumption of leisure travel led to an increase in cruise vessel emissions, which amounted to six million tons in 2022.

The most significant trend observed in cargo shipping in 2022 was the surge in LNG shipments, which rose by 58%. The imposition of stricter sanctions on Russia's oil prompted Europe to boost LNG imports, resulting in a considerable increase in seaborne emissions.

Jacob Armstrong, the shipping manager associated with T&E, highlighted that shipping firms in Europe now rank alongside airlines and coal plants as major polluters. The largest ocean liner company in the world, MSC, was primarily responsible for the rise in Europe's shipping CO2 emissions, emitting around 10.2 million tons of CO2 in the previous year. CMA CGM, Maersk, COSCO, and Hapag-Lloyd also featured among the top shipping emitters in the region.

Armstrong emphasized that unless more stringent regulations are implemented, shipping firms will continue to neglect investments in efficiency and environmentally-friendly fuels. However, some positive steps have been taken, as leading ocean container carriers like Maersk and CMA CGM have ordered green methanol-fueled ships to be integrated into their fleets starting from early 2024.

The analysis also revealed that cruise vessel emissions nearly doubled from 2021 levels due to the resumption of international travel. The MSC Grandiosa was identified as the most polluting vessel of 2022, emitting over 130,000 tons of CO2, equivalent to the emissions of a small town. Inadequate port electrification was cited as a contributing factor to the rise in shipping emissions, with carbon pollution, nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur oxide (SOx), and suspended particulate matter (PM 2.5) increasing slightly at ports last year. The report recommended greater shore-side electrification as a solution to this issue.

The Protea 2000 emissions monitoring system comprises up to 8 exhaust mounted analysers, each with automatic verification facilities. Emissions data from the entire system is securely managed and displayed at a dedicated Classification Society approved panel PC, with outputs to networks, control systems, and reporting facilities.

To ensure accountability, it is crucial to monitor European shipping emissions and establish stricter regulations to compel shipping firms to invest in efficiency and green fuels. Without such measures, the industry risks irreversible damage to the environment. The European Federation for Transport and Environment, commonly referred to as Transport & Environment (T&E), is a European umbrella for non-governmental organisations working in the field of transport and the environment, promoting sustainable transport in Europe.

Find out more at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/marine-emissions-analysers.

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18th July 2023 - Marine Emissions Analysers In Focus

This month, representatives from 175 shipping nations convened in London, under the supervision of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a United Nations body. Their objective is to negotiate a revised timetable for achieving complete decarbonisation of the shipping industry. The Protea 2000 emissions monitoring system is approved for the analysis of exhaust gases from the engines and boilers of ships and offshore rigs. Robust and with proven reliability, up to six gases can be measured including SO2, CO2 and NOx.

Marine Emissions Analysers In Focus

Advocates are pushing for a more stringent goal, aiming for a 50% reduction by 2030 and a new target of net-zero emissions by 2050. Some proponents go even further, proposing a faster timeline for achieving full decarbonization by 2040. "If member states can successfully accomplish this, they will align the shipping sector with the temperature objectives of the Paris Agreement and foster investments in green technologies that will fundamentally reshape the industry," stated Kerrlene Wills, the Director for Ocean and Climate at the UN Climate Foundation.

Enhanced Customer Support - Recent upgrades include our new Automatic Field Data Collection (AFDC) module that uniquely allows the ship's engineer to automatically run a routine collecting all the relevant data from the analyser under the various states of operation. This can then be e-mailed to Protea’s customer support team who will analyse and determine any remedial action required. Protea will upgrade existing Procal supplied CEMS saving the ships operator time and expenses and increasing emission data availability.

Find out more at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/marine-emissions-analysers.

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17th July 2023 - ISO 9001:2015 Re-certification Complete

Protea has a renewed ISO 9001:2015 certificate following our successful recertification audit on our Quality Management System by TÜV Rheinland.

Our joint-factory management system approval shows Protea’s commitment in delivering high quality gas analyser products and associated services to our Global customer base.

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6th June 2023 - Come & Visit The Protea Booth at Nor-Shipping 2023

Protea will be exhibiting at Nor-Shipping 2023 from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th June 2023 in Oslo, Norway. Our booth number is D05-12C for Nor-Shipping. Come and visit Protea by registering for your tickets at https://nor-shipping.com/exhibition/

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Nor-Shipping is the optimum arena for Ocean Solutions. This is where the business of the ocean comes to life. Come and visit the Protea team to learn more and find out what to do at Nor-Shipping and to get the best Nor-Shipping experience. Nor-Shipping is the meeting place for globally leading maritime players, technology innovators, investors, and all the stakeholders interested in realising ocean opportunities. An international arena for building cross industry partnership, business and sustainable ocean development. Nor-Shipping is Your Arena for Ocean Solutions.

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1st June 2023 - Protea Exhibiting at Nor-Shipping 2023

Protea will be exhibiting at Nor-Shipping 2023 held in June this year. Dates of the event are Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th June 2023 in Oslo, Norway. Our booth number is D05-12C for Nor-Shipping which is an optimum arena for Ocean Solutions. This is where the business of the ocean comes to life. Come and visit the Protea team to learn more and find out what to do at Nor-Shipping and to get the best Nor-Shipping experience. Come and visit Protea by registering for your tickets at https://nor-shipping.com/exhibition/.

Protea Exhibiting at Nor-Shipping 2023

Nor-Shipping is the meeting place for globally leading maritime players, technology innovators, investors, and all the stakeholders interested in realising ocean opportunities. An international arena for building cross industry partnership, business and sustainable ocean development. Nor-Shipping is Your Arena for Ocean Solutions.

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5th May 2023 - Asian Distributor Conference & Sea Asia Exhibition 2023

Protea's Commercial Director Karen Canham and Sales & Marketing Director Chris Daw were at the Sea Asia Exhibition 2023 last week where we also invited our Distributors in the region for training.

Asian Distributor Conference & Sea Asia Exhibition 2023

Sea Asia enjoys strong support from government agencies and key trade associations, firmly establishing itself in the marketplace as the leading platform for both the global and local maritime and offshore communities to explore business, network and unveil new products and services. The 3-day conference and exhibition promises to provide a plethora of diverse marine products and services, with good networking opportunities.

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3rd May 2023 - Marine Emissions Analyser Control Units In The Spotlight

Protea’s P2000 marine emissions analyser is operated via our dedicated Marine Emissions Analyser Control Unit. With the P2000 analyser being installed in-situ in the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems, or insulated exhaust duct, this can be some distance away from the system controller. The Marine Emissions Analyser Control Unit utilises a high grade marine-approved Panel PC.

Marine Emissions Analyser Control Units In The Spotlight

The Marine Emissions Analyser Control Unit operated both as a display, data logger and a data transmission system. Gas concentrations from each of the stack mounted analysers on the vessel are displayed. In addition, the Control Unit will log the data and retransmits it to a supervisory system. The main screen, one for each analyser, displays the concentrations of each gas. Protea’s emission systems also report the SO2:CO2 ratio, along with any additional information such as process pressure, analyser and sample temperatures.

A dedicated diagnostics routine runs through a self-check on the emissions systems, applying check gas if available, and provides a diagnostic summary file. This can be sent to Protea’s support team if needed. Features include:

  • Control of multiple marine emission analysers
  • Monitor Accurately Required Emission Levels
  • SO2:CO2 ratio reporting
  • Minimal System Maintenance
  • Compliant with Relevant International Standard
  • Certified For Marine Installation
  • Global Commissioning & Service Capability

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19th April 2023 - Protea Distributor Attending The Analyzer Technology Conference

One of our strategic global partners is in attendance at the 2023 Analyzer Technology Conference held at the Galveston Island Convention Center in Texas, USA. The event is running from April 17th to April 21st 2023. Come and visit Delta Instrument LLC at booth 607.

Protea Distributor Attending The Analyzer Technology Conference

The vendor hall is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. on March 23rd 2023. The team from Delta Instruments were in attendance along with other vendors. In keeping with a long tradition of in-person technical conferences and symposia, the Houston Analysis Committee is holding a conference and exposition focusing on analysis and measurement in the chemical processing industries. In the tradition of similar technical conferences, this event will highlight relevant, new technical papers related to grab sampling, sample handling systems, data analysis and process analyzers such as gas chromatographs, spectrometers and analytical sensors.

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2nd April 2023 - Protea Exhibiting At UK Pavilion At Sea Asia 2023

Protea will be exhibiting at the UK Pavilion at Sea Asia. Dates of the event are Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th April 2023 in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Our booth number is B2-A21 for Asia's Anchor Maritime and Offshore Event. Sea Asia, a premier maritime conference and exhibition, will return to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore April 2023. The show will be held in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week 2023, which brings together leading Shipowners, Offshore Operators, Ship-managers and Shipyard procurement teams from around the globe.

Come and visit Protea by registering for your tickets at https://registration.mvents.asia/SA2023/RegistrationAttendeesEntry

Protea Exhibiting At UK Pavilion At Sea Asia 2023

Sea Asia enjoys strong support from government agencies and key trade associations, firmly establishing itself in the marketplace as the leading platform for both the global and local maritime and offshore communities to explore business, network and unveil new products and services. The 3-day conference and exhibition promises to provide a plethora of diverse marine products and services, with good networking opportunities.

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29th March 2023 - Protea Distributor Exhibits At M+R Exhibition In Antwerp

Strategic Protea partner Ankersmid, recently exhibited at the 2023 M+R Exhibition in Antwerp 22nd March to 23 March 2023 at the Expo centre. This was the the place to be for every professional player in industrial maintenance, shutdown technology, asset management and production reliability own technology, asset management and production reliability. The show was well attended and Protea provided support for CEMS solutions which are found around the world across a number of applications.

Protea Distributor Exhibits At M+R Exhibition In Antwerp

In the process industry it is of vital importance to be able to continuously monitor the production via the correct instrumentation. In order to optimally manage the increasing complexity of installations and to manage unforeseen circumstances in the process, you have to make use of the technological best of the best. All important developments in the field of process instrumentation were gathered on 22 and 23 March in Antwerp Expo during M+R 2023, the largest Benelux event on this theme.

Protea Distributor Exhibits At M+R Exhibition In Antwerp

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1st March 2023 - Residual Gas Analysers In The Spotlight

For both research and industrial applications, Protea’s Residual Gas Analyser (RGA) products can be supplied in 100amu, 200amu and 300amu versions with smallest size and highest performance on the market.

Residual Gas Analysers In The Spotlight

The ProtaR Residual Gas Analyser (RGA) from Protea represents the smallest footprint electronics and maximum performance for value of any RGA on the market. Protea’s ProtaR RGA is a compact, stable and robustly designed Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer (QMS) instrument incorporating all the latest Quadrupole technology. ProtaR is a useful analytical tool for testing and residual gas analysis in leak testing, semiconductor, coating and process applications, being able to detect and measure almost all gases with low detection limits and fast response.

A mass spectrometer measures the mass-to-charge ratio of the molecules in a sample and by collecting and analysing the mass spectrum we can identify and quantify which molecules are present. The QMS within ProtaR contains a mass filter that is made up of 4 parallel circular rods, hence the name quadrupole.

  • Very quick (millisecond) response time
  • Detects almost any gas
  • Low maintenance costs, with corrosion resistance inlets
  • Advanced chemometrics for multi-gas quantification

Applications include Vacuum Furnaces, Semiconductor Processes, Metallurgy, Research and Development, Vacuum Process and Integration with existing vacuum systems.

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14th February 2023 - Bio360 Expo Exhibition 2023 In Pictures

Protea recently exhibited at Bio360 Expo located within the Exponantes le Parc des Expositions in Hall XXL in Nantes, France. Bio365 2023 was also an international meeting place for people and organisations who are engaged in and committed to accelerating the biotransition. The Bio360 Expo comprised a large exhibition, comprehensive international conference programmes with simultaneous translation, study tours, the innovation competition, and much more. The Protea team would like to thank everyone we had contact with and look forward to seeing you and working with you again during the year.

Bio360 Expo Exhibition 2023 In Pictures

Protea Ltd is the world's leading supplier of both fixed and transportable analysers to monitor Impurities in Biogas & Biomethane. Siloxanes are low-level hazards to the atmosphere in terms of their emissions, however when they are combusted in gas engines the hard silica that is produced is very harsh to the moving parts of the gas engine. Ultimately this increases maintenance cost and gives a lower energy output, making the generation of power less efficient.

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1st February 2023 - Bio360 Expo - Dates Wednesday 8th to Thursday 9th February 2023 in Nantes, France

Come and visit Protea at stand E40 for Bio360 Expo at the Exponantes le Parc des Expositions in Hall XXL located in Nantes, France. Bio365 is also an international meeting place for people and organisations who are engaged in and committed to accelerating the biotransition. Bio360 Expo comprises a large exhibition, a comprehensive international conference programme with simultaneous translation, study tours, the innovation competition, and more besides.

Bio360 Expo

Because time is so short and there is so little room for trial and error, the imperative to knowledge share and collaborate could not be more pressing. Through its international exhibition and conference programme, Bio360 Expo does all in its power to be a platform where 1+1=3, where innovative collaborations are conceived, where success builds on success, enabling us to get there quicker. A crossroads for the worlds of agriculture, forestry and wood, public bodies and decision makers, bioindustry players, energy, research institutions, associations and pan-industry bodies, journalism, finance, legal. Bio360 Expo is the place that strives to bring all this together and to serve the transition to a new bioage where future generations can continue to thrive, sustainably.

Protea Ltd is the world's leading supplier of both fixed and transportable analysers to monitor Impurities in Biogas & Biomethane. Siloxanes are low-level hazards to the atmosphere in terms of their emissions, however when they are combusted in gas engines the hard silica that is produced is very harsh to the moving parts of the gas engine. Ultimately this increases maintenance cost and gives a lower energy output, making the generation of power less efficient.

With this ever-growing market, the need for analysis of the siloxane content of the biogas pre-generator is important. A land-fill gas plant operator can determine the amount of siloxane removal of the pre-combustion feed gas. This enables a more cost-effective cleaning system to be employed. They can also determine whether an existing clean up system is operating effectively. To visit the show please register at https://www.bio360expo.com/Login?aid=1183.

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6th January 2023 - Exhibitions List Announced For 2023

A new year presents new opportunities for our business to network and exchange exciting innovations across a global platform. Our exhibitions list for 2023 has been announced and it consists of some excellent locations with world class facilities. We will be at Bio360 Expo in France, UK Pavilion Group at Sea Asia in Singapore, Nor-Shipping in Norway and CEM in Spain and look forward to meeting you during the year.

Exhibitions List Announced For 2023

Bio360 Expo - Dates Wednesday 8th to Thursday 9th February 2023 in Nantes, France
Bio360 Expo is an international meeting place for people and organisations who are engaged in and committed to accelerating the biotransition. Because time is so short and there is so little room for trial and error, the imperative to knowledge share and collaborate could not be more pressing. Through its international exhibition and conference programme, Bio360 Expo does all in its power to be a platform where 1+1=3, where innovative collaborations are conceived, where success builds on success, enabling us to get there quicker. A crossroads for the worlds of agriculture, forestry and wood, public bodies and decision makers, bioindustry players, energy, research institutions, associations and pan-industry bodies, journalism, finance, legal … Bio360 Expo is the place that strives to bring all this together and to serve the transition to a new bioage where future generations can continue to thrive, sustainably.

UK Pavilion at Sea Asia - Dates Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th April 2023 in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Sea Asia, a premier maritime conference and exhibition and Asia's Anchor Maritime and Offshore Event, will return to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore April 2023. The show will be held in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week 2023, which brings together leading Shipowners, Offshore Operators, Ship-managers and Shipyard procurement teams from around the globe. Sea Asia enjoys strong support from government agencies and key trade associations, firmly establishing itself in the marketplace as the leading platform for both the global and local maritime and offshore communities to explore business, network and unveil new products and services. The 3-day conference and exhibition promises to provide a plethora of diverse marine products and services, with good networking opportunities.

Nor-Shipping - Dates Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th June 2023 in Oslo, Norway
Nor-Shipping is the meeting place for globally leading maritime players, technology innovators, investors, and all the stakeholders interested in realising ocean opportunities. An international arena for building cross industry partnership, business and sustainable ocean development. Nor-Shipping is Your Arena for Ocean Solutions. This is where the business of the ocean comes to life. Here you can learn more and find out what to do at Nor-Shipping and to get the best Nor-Shipping experience.

CEM - Dates Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd September 2023 in Barcelona, Spain
CEM is an International Conference and Exhibition dedicated to Emission Monitoring. Delegates and Visitors will gain valuable insights into the latest regulation, technologies and best practices in monitoring and measuring industrial emissions. The 15th CEM conference and exhibition will take place in Barcelona Spain in September 2023. In 2023 the CEM event will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary, CEM first started in the United Kingdom in 1997 and has been held in The Netherlands, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Italy, The Czech Republic, Turkey, Portugal, India and Hungary. In 2022 the conference due to covid was held virtually attracting delegates from all over the world, building on this success we are now pleased to announce that CEM will be held Live on the 20th - 22nd September in Barcelona. Past visitors and delegates to the CEM events have come from a range of industries around the world that have a common goal and the need to monitor emissions from their plants or processes. For the 2023 event the Scientific Committee has expanded the conference program to now include the pressing issues of achieving Net Zero Emissions.

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2022

8th December 2022 - Seasons Greetings From Twintek

Season’s greetings from all of us and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are taking orders throughout December and will be operational offering emissions monitoring systems and services as normal. Our last working day before Christmas will be Friday 23rd December 2022, reopening on Tuesday 3rd January 2023. We would like to thank everyone involved with our company including our employees, customers, suppliers and people who have been involved in projects and related activities.

Seasons Greetings From Protea

We manufacture a range of extractive and in-situ analysers, applying the technologies of IR, FTIR, UV, TDL and Mass Spectrometry (QMS) in portable and fixed gas measurement systems. In particular, we are specialists in the design, manufacture and supply of Continuous Emission Monitoring (CEMS) and process analyser systems. As a flexible and agile manufacturer, we also offer custom equipment, requiring a high level of R&D; new developments feed into our core products and markets. We look forward to working with you in 2023.

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1st November 2022 - Emissions Consulting In The Spotlight

Protea’s range of gas analysers are used in emissions monitoring as both fixed, Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEM) systems or as portable stack emissions testers. Protea can provide consultancy service on the best implementation of our equipment or 3rd party equipment that may complement Protea’s equipment to give the customer the full capability for their emissions monitoring requirements. Find out more at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/emissions-consulting

Emissions Consulting In The Spotlight

Consultancy across Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEM) covers the following areas:

  • Emissions analyser selection
  • Dust analysis
  • IED requirements, including MCPD
  • Agriculture and livestock emissions testing
  • Instrumental and manual stack testing
  • Emissions Reporting Software (DAS)
  • Permit issues
  • Implementation of Standard Reference Methods (SRM)
  • Process and procedures for management of in-house stack testing
  • MCERTS training

Our consultancy services are backed-up with our in-house emissions analyser rental department, and our service department who can support non-Protea equipment.

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6th October 2022 - Twin-Tek/Protea - Product Portfolio

Protea Ltd based in the UK with two state of the art manufacturing units in Middlewich and Peterborough.

The company design, manufacture and support a comprehensive range of advanced Continuous Emission Monitoring & Process analysers and systems. Protea’s technologies include Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR), In-Situ IR and Extractive Photometers, In-Situ UV and Extractive Spectrophotometers, TDL, Mass Spectrometers, FID Analyser. This enables Protea to offer the most suitable technology to meet the customers specification.

In addition to manufacturing analysers Protea have developed a modular CEMS / AMS solution comprising of all the necessary elements to monitor and report in compliance with the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

To complement Protea’s range of gas blenders, the portable atmosFieldCal capable of humidifying certified test gas and calibration solutions has been developed. The units mini evaporator mounted on an umbilical can be connected directly to the analyser or sample probe hot ports, enabling for example humidified Hydrogen Chloride to be to be introduced into the AMS.

To see our Product Portfolio, click on the image below or here.

Protea Ltd - Product Portfolio

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22nd September 2022 - Protea at the AQE Air Quality and Emissions Monitoring Exhibition October 2022

Protea would like to invite you to join us at the AQE Air Quality and Emissions Monitoring exhibition and conference on the 12th & 13th October. Protea will be exhibiting on stand B1.

Please come and see us to discuss your product and service requirements or for a technical demonstration and catch up.

Protea at the AQE Air Quality and Emissions Monitoring Exhibition October 2022

AQE is free to attend, there are over 100 hours’ worth of presentations on regulation, testing methods and training plus there are free lunches and onsite parking! Your AQE visitor badge will also give you access to the Co-located WWEM Water monitoring show.

To gain Fast Track entry please register today, we look forward to seeing you at the show.

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5th September 2022 - Process Monitoring & Online Solutions

Process monitoring is key for operators to understand, improve and implement efficiency savings. With the ability to measure any gas in the most demanding of applications, Protea can help to deliver those savings. Find out more about our online systems at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/online-solutions where the full range of online solutions is presented below:

Process Monitoring & Online Solutions

Online solutions cover these applications below:

  • Nitric Acid Plant Process Control - The P2000 emissions analyser measures Oxides of Nitrogen for process control purposes, typically upstream of the N2O abatement reactor where typical pressures can be as high as 10 bar
  • Siloxanes Analysis - Protea can offer online siloxanes analysis using our atmosFIR gas analysers. This allows the real time measurement of siloxanes on plant
  • Syngas - The composition of fuel gas is important in order to determine calorific value and also to detect any unwanted contaminants in the gas. Online analysis is important in order to give real-time and direct action on issues
  • TO Multi-Stream Bypass System - Commonly, activated carbon beds are used as abatement systems on plant with emissions being reduced by adsorption onto the bed
  • Liquid TiCL4 Vanadium Oxychloride Monitor - The chloride process of titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment manufacture first converts titanium-containing ores to TiCl4 via a carbochlorination reaction
  • VOC Analyser - As well as standard methods for VOC such as FID, Protea’s FTIR gas analysers can provide real-time speciated VOC measurements for hundreds of organic species in process and emissions applications
  • Multipoint Gas Analysis Solutions - Protea’s FTIR, TDL and QMS analysers are available with control for multiple sample points. A multiple sample point or multi-stream solution can enable cost savings by allowing one analyser to make sequential measurements from many different sample points

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19th July 2022 - AIR-IQ Spectral Search

AIR-IQ Spectral Search

Protea’s patented algorithm for spectral identification is now available within our PAS platform. The AIR-IQ plug-in offers a unique and powerful searching tool to enable users of our spectroscopic instrumentation (FTIR and Mass Spectrometer) to identify unknown gases in their sample, being able to then add to the analysis method quickly and easily.

AIR-IQ Spectral Search

Built upon decades of experience of analysing complex gas matrices from FTIR emissions and process data, AIR-IQ offers features such as:

  • Library management of qualitative and quantitative spectra
  • Spectral file recognition: auto-read gas names, temperatures, pressures and pathlength - makes adding new calibration references quicker
  • Spectral search window masking and pre-processing steps, including water subtraction
  • Subtraction of identified gases and re-analysis: iterative approach to qualifying all gases in sample spectrum means ALL unknows can be identified one after the other.
  • Identified gases are seamlessly added into the current analysis method. This can be done as “ interference only”, meaning re-calibration is not required and existing methods can be corrected quickly without generating new references.

Please contact Protea for more information on AIR-IQ, if you are a new or existing customer.

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19th June 2022 - Distributor Training

Now that we are open for travel and meeting again, it is great to be able to welcome our Distributors and end users back to Protea for training courses. This month we have entertained our friends from Poland, Finland, Canada and Singapore to both Protea factories in the UK.

Training courses covering service, support and advanced data analysis of FTIR spectra have been carried out.

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25th May 2022 - FAT Testing Facility

Protea’s dedicated factory for extractive emissions monitoring equipment integration and testing has given us the increased capacity for our gas analyser system deliveries. This allows both for our MCERTS approved Continuous Emissions Monitoring systems and our customised process and research systems to be tested alongside each other.

Both analyser systems on show here use the same core atmosFIR FTIR gas analyser. Whilst one needs to measure regulatory emissions from incineration process, the other is measuring very high concentrations using in-built dynamic dilution of the sample for an academic research centre. Protea can deliver repeatable, standardised and approved products for regulatory requirements. Or we can push our FTIR technology to the limits with challenging gas mixtures require hardware and software customisation.

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12th May 2022 - Ethylene Oxide Monitoring

The atmosFIR FTIR gas monitoring system from Protea has been successfully installed measuring low levels of Ethylene Oxide emissions from sterilisation facility. Working together with the supplier of the emissions purification technology, Protea’s FTIR gas analyser can monitor the very low emissions produced post-purification to confirm emissions are below the stringent limit values and that the abatement process is working effectively. A measurement range of 0 – 5ppm of Ethylene Oxide was delivered, with a lower detectable limit of 20ppb.

Ethylene Oxide Monitoring Ethylene Oxide Monitoring

The atmosFIR system delivered is the same configuration as our MCERTS approved emissions system for combustion incineration processes, but with a lower operating sample temperature. The benefit of FTIR as a solution is, not only that it can deliver the measurement accuracy for Ethylene Oxide itself, but FTIR allows for the addition of other gases or interference correction should there be any other gases within the sterilisation and abatement process in the future.

Component Range 1 LDL Units % of Range Result
Ethylene Oxide C2H4O 0-5 0.02 ppm 0.38 Pass
Ethylene Oxide Monitoring

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4th May 2022 - CCS Online Monitoring Now Available

Protea’s multi-gas FTIR technology is ideally suited to new processes involving carbon reduction, such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). Protea have supplied a multi-stream gas monitoring system that has enabled measurement of up to 5 gas streams around a CCS plant. This includes high concentration CO2 streams, with up to 100% CO2 being measured.

CCS Online Monitoring Now Available

Our FTIR technology can simultaneously detect low level impurities aldehydes and other solvents as well as measure the high CO2 background. The uniqueness of Protea’s chemometric software and hardware connectivity allows for a complete, different gas calibration to be loaded on multiple streams. So other gas streams can measure very low CO2, <100ppm. Find out more about CCS Online Monitoring at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/css-emissions.

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4th April 2022 - Meeting Marine Emissions Challenges

Protea have been featured in the latest edition of Clean Shipping International, demonstrating how our advanced patented in-situ CEMS solutions are benefiting the global reduction in marine emissions.

Meeting Marine Emissions Challenges

The In-Situ P2000 analyser offers a unique approach to monitoring exhaust emissions monitoring is an ideal solution for the marine industry to enable compliance with IMO regulations. The analyser is fitted directly to the exhaust with the gas monitored within the exhaust duct. An In-Situ technique, unlike extractive systems, does not require sample preparation components. Our P2000 analyser is certified by several Classification Societies as an analyser system suitable to monitor Sulphur Dioxide and Carbon Dioxide and report the SO2:CO2 ratio.

The P2000 was first installed on early Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) in 2010 and since 2010 several hundred instruments have been installed on several classes of vessels, both on scrubbed and un-scrubbed applications.

In 2018 Protea made a series of product improvements, working with users and marine industry specialist the outcome of the evaluation identified three main areas which would benefit from improvements.

The solutions employed in the latest P2000 are:

  • Patented UV/IR hybrid technology capable of monitoring lower levels of SO2 in a background of high water vapour
  • Capable of monitoring post scrubber (EGCS) with liquid phase water vapour carry over
  • Enhanced support features to enable vessels engineers to identify and rectify performance issues

Protea operates an extensive worldwide network of factory trained sales & service partners strategically located to support the marine industry. We would like to thank and recognise the input from our valued marine engineer users, whose expertise and feedback has gone into improving our products in this demanding market.

Read more here www.cleanshippinginternational.com/csi-magazine-spring-2022/

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1st April 2022 - CCS Carbon Capture and Storage

Protea’s atmosFIR FTIR gas analyser has proven a valuable tool in research into the effective storage of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the North Sea. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a key technology to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial processes in a feasible, substantial, and timely manner. For geological CO2 storage to be safe and reliable, robust strategies for CO2 leakage detection, quantification and management are crucial.

CCS Carbon Capture and Storage

The STEMM-CCS (Strategies for Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage) project aimed to provide techniques and understanding to enable and inform cost-effective monitoring of CCS sites in the marine environment. A controlled CO2 release experiment was carried out in the central North Sea, designed to mimic an unintended emission of CO2 from a subsurface CO2 storage site to the seafloor.

CCS Carbon Capture and Storage

Protea’s model atmosFIR FTIR gas analyser was used on board the RRS James Cook to measure the molar fractions of CO2, SF6, C3F8 and CH4 in the discrete gas samples collected during the release experiment. The FTIR was equipped with a custom-made sample injection system allowing reference gases to be injected. Find out more at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/carbon-storage

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29th March 2022 - Protea At The 2022 Asia Pacific Maritime Exhibition

Protea recently exhibited at the 2022 Asia Pacific Maritime Exhibition in Singapore. The exhibition was very good, and we made some interesting contacts. From the exhibitor side it was international, with visitors being about 95% from Singapore. It was very good for networking, everyone was very delighted to meet people in an exhibition setting for the first time in two years.

Protea At The 2022 Asia Pacific Maritime Exhibition

The 2022 Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is a biennial exhibition in the globally important market of Singapore. The Singapore market is very strong and influential with yards, owners and management companies all based locally. This exhibition drew in visitors from the surrounding region so expect to see attendees from Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. It is particularly strong in showcasing the latest marine equipment, products and services as well as incorporating workboat and offshore technology and services.

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8th February 2022 - APM Asia Pacific Maritime Exhibition In Singapore 16/03/22 - 18/03/22

Protea will be attending the APM exhibition in Singapore. Come and visit our stand at booth number E-K07 to discuss customer focused solutions for process, emission and environmental monitoring applications. Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) is at the centre of maritime conversation. Held in Singapore, it is the arena where the global maritime industry convenes every two years to forge partnerships and discover business opportunities.

APM Asia Pacific Maritime Exhibition In Singapore 16/03/22 - 18/03/22

Singapore provides an anchorage for APM to bring together key decision makers, whilst capitalising on its key role on the global stage as a leading Maritime Nation and trade linkages to the Asian markets. As the industry discusses new possibilities and change, it is now more imperative than ever for the community to embark on achieving real results and make real progress.

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10th January 2022 - First CEM Event For 2022 Is At Krakow In Poland 02/03/22 - 04/03/22

The first CEM Emissions Monitoring event of 2022 is in Krakow, Poland at the start of March. Protea are booked in attendance at stand 28. CEM the continuous emissions monitoring conference and exhibition started in the United Kingdom started in 1997 and has been held in The Netherlands, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Italy, The Czech Republic, Turkey, Portugal, India and Hungary. Poland was chosen as the ideal location for 2022 due to its economic strength which has been growing steadily over the past 27 years which is a record high in the EU and the most impressive performance in Central Europe.

First CEM Event For 2022 Is At Krakow In Poland

Topics covered at this event include dust measurement at low concentrations, Emission regulation and future monitoring challenges, Fence line monitoring & measurement of fugitive/diffuse emissions, Gaseous species at low concentrations (HCl, HF, NH3, SO3, CH4, N2O, CHOH & TOC), Greenhouse Gases, Hydrogen in flue gas, Innovative Measurement Technology, Industrial Case Studies (Power industry, Cement industry, Metal industry, Chemical Industry, Glass industry, Minerals and Mining, Waste Management and Incineration), Mercury and Trace Metals, Standards and Quality (Including Measurement Uncertainty and Limits of Detection).

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2021

3rd November 2021 - Lowest NO and NO2 MCERTS emissions analyser

Protea’s atmosFIR FTIR emissions analyser now has the lowest certified NO and NO2 range of any FTIR analyser and is one of the lowest range NO/NO2 instruments of any technology on the market. With global emissions limiters becoming lower, measurement technology needs to be suitable for the lower ELVs. atmosFIR can offer a NO range of 0-80mg/m3 and NO2 range of 0-50mg/m3. Older FTIR technology limited by resolution often achieve only 0-200mg/m3 range for NO2 for example.

Lowest NO and NO2 MCERTS emissions analyser

This increases the potential for using the atmosFIR (available in portable as well as CEM versions) to low-NOx emissions plant emissions testing. Added to this the power of FTIR in measuring hundreds of gases with one instrument, atmosFIR is the proven future-proof technology for emissions monitoring.

Protea can also announce our NH3 (ammonia) MCERTS range has been improve to 0-10mg/m3.

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11th October 2021 - Differences between CEN/TS 17337:2019 and TGN M22 for Portable FTIR Emissions Testing

Protea and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have recently completed a Measurement 4 Recovery (M4R) project to produce an Industry Transition Document (ITD) that concisely lays out the changes required of stack testing organisations transitioning from TGN M22 to CEN/TS 17337.

Differences between CEN/TS 17337:2019 and TGN M22 for Portable FTIR Emissions Testing

Currently, UK stack emissions laboratories are moving from following TGN M22 to CEN/TS 17337 for reporting of industrial emission measurements using portable FTIR gas analysers, such as the Protea atmosFIR. This change is not without some complexities. In order to implement the new measurement method, the laboratory has to know what changes in sampling apparatus are required, for example, and how the new standard requires them to process, QA/QC check and report results from their FTIR. Protea’s FTIR analysers and software are fully compliant with the requirements of the new standard.

As one of the leading manufacturers of FTIR for stack testing organisations Protea have always provided significant support to our user base. This document benefits not only the customers we support, but also many other stakeholders in the emissions community, from laboratory assessors, to regulators and plant operators who are receiving the reported data from portable FTIR analysers.

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8th October 2021 - GPS Enabled Gas Analysers

Protea’s range of FTIR, TDL and Mass Spectrometer gas analysers are now available with optional GPS module. For portable gas analysers used across various locations and sites, geotagging data can be a requirement of reporting. Protea’s FTIR gas analysers in particular now write the longitude and latitude of the location the spectrum was acquired to the spectrum file itself. This gives a permanent record of where the raw data was collected.

GPS Enabled Gas Analysers

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7th September 2021 - Applied Technologies Through Innovation

With over 20 years' experience of process and emissions measurements, Protea is a world leader in getting the most from a range of technologies and can measure any gas. With complimentary measurement technology and measurement automation, Protea can design and supply the complete solution. This section gives a brief introduction to the various technologies that Protea uses.

Applied Technologies Through Innovation

Protea can also provide specific customer-focussed training courses on the technology if required. Click here www.protea.ltd.uk/innovation for more information about our innovation with FTIR Gas Analysers, IR Gas Analysers, UV Gas Analysers, FID Total VOC, TDL Gas Analysers, Hazardous Area Gas Analysers & Zirconia Sensors.

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7th June 2021 - The First P300 Extractive Gas Analyser Shipped

Protea has recently manufactured and shipped its very first P300 Extractive Gas Analyser. Monitoring percent levels of HCl, HF and SO2 the unit will monitor high levels of corrosive toxic gases in a hazardous area.

The First P300 Extractive Gas Analyser Shipped

All sample “wetted” components are manufactured from Monel, the zero / calibration valves are pneumatically actuated. The sample cell has a purged containment element, if for any reason the window seals fail the process gas will be discharged to a safe vent. In the event of the pressure exceeding 6 bar(g) or a power failure the process sample gas is isolated and the cell purged with instrument air. The cell was pressure tested to 12Bar(g)

The Protea 300 is a multi-component configurable gas and liquid analyser certified for use in hazardous area. Applications in BioGas, Bio Methane, Natural Gas and many applications in refineries. More information on the P300 is found here www.protea.ltd.uk/p300-extractive-gas-analyser

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12th May 2021 - Marine Emissions Analysers P2000 In-Situ CEM from Twin-Tek

The Protea 2000 emissions monitoring system is approved for the analysis of exhaust gases from the engines and boilers of ships and offshore rigs. Robust and with proven reliability, up to six gases can be measured including SO2, CO2 and NOx. The Protea 2000 emissions monitoring system comprises up to 8 exhaust mounted analysers, each with automatic verification facilities. Emissions data from the entire system is securely managed and displayed at a dedicated Classification Society approved panel PC, with outputs to networks, control systems, and reporting facilities.

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15th April 2021 - Multistream Gas Analysis Solutions From Twin-Tek

Protea’s FTIR, TDL and QMS analysers are available with measurement from multiple sample points using standard modular equipment for cost-effective bespoke solutions.

A multiple sample point or multistream solution can enable cost savings by allowing one emissions analyser to make sequential measurements from many different sample points. Multistream systems from Protea use tried and proven components and features. The modular aspect of our designs means a multistream solution can begin with a low number of points and additional pieces of hardware added in time to build an expanded solution in the future.

  • Inlet and Outlet for emission abatement efficiency
  • Multi-stack CEMs with standby systems
  • High dust CEMs with dual sample system switchover
Multistream Gas Analysis Solutions From Protea

Multistream Benefits

  • Separate analyser calibration file for each sample point
  • A different set of gases and ranges can be measured from each sample point so one FTIR can do the job of hundreds of sensors
  • Separate configuration file for each sample point
  • Variable measurement times configured for each stream, some points can be quick measurements (2-5 seconds), some longer (1-2 minutes)
  • Pauses can be configured in the sequence, to allow gases to condition in the sampling system and the analyser
  • By-pass pump can be provided and controlled by the software. This allows non-sampled positions to be flushed with sample ready for measurement, ensuring quick response time
  • Span gas checks per stream, allowing each point to have response time and to check for leaks
  • Heated multiple sample point systems available up to 12 streams, with 12 heated probe alarms and 12 heated line alarms with heated valve manifolds
  • Sequence easily built in PAS-Pro software – no programming or PLC programme updating needed
  • Separate log file for data for each stream - easy for operator to sort data and report values
  • Separate OPC and Modbus data outputs for each stream

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12th April 2021 - Emissions Sampling Equipment

As part of our delivery of portable or fixed emissions analysers, Protea will supply the most suitable sampling equipment for making accuracte, repeatable emissions. We can happily provide consultation and support in supplying you with sampling equipment for use with other emissions gas analysers.

Emissions Sampling Equipment
  • Heated lines of any length and material
  • EX/ATEX sample lines and probes
  • Heated sample probes with best selection of filter and probe materials
  • Sample conditioning systems
  • Sample flow control

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12th April 2021 - Emissions Sampling Equipmentv

As part of our delivery of portable or fixed emissions analysers, Protea will supply the most suitable sampling equipment for making accuracte, repeatable emissions. We can happily provide consultation and support in supplying you with sampling equipment for use with other emissions gas analysers.

Emissions Sampling Equipment
  • Heated lines of any length and material
  • EX/ATEX sample lines and probes
  • Heated sample probes with best selection of filter and probe materials
  • Sample conditioning systems
  • Sample flow control

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16th March 2021 - Fast Scanning FTIR

Protea’s atmosFIR FTIR analyser range is now available with fast scanning operation. Fast scanning is standard, with no need for special hardware.

Fast Scanning FTIR

With a maximum resolution of better than 0.7cm-1 (unapodized), and standardized resolutions of 1cm-1, 4cm-1 and 8cm-1, the atmosFIR FTIR gas analyser has always been a flexible analytical tool. Now a range of scanning speeds can be added to standard configurations.

Fast Scanning FTIR

Maximum speed of measurement is <0.2sec or 5Hz operations (i.e. 5 readings per second).

Changes in speed and resolution do not require any hardware changes and all the user needs do is load one of a standard set of configuration files. This further extends the atmosFIR FTIR use to applications requiring very quick response.

Portable and fixed fast scanning applications include:

  • Exhaust emissions testing
  • Fire Testing
  • Quick response warning applications

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12th March 2021 - Emissions Reporting Software from Protea (DAHS)

Protea can provide software for regulatory emissions reporting, offering both our MCERTS certified QAL3 software, atmosDAHS, and non-certified comprehensive ProDAHS.

Emissions Reporting Software from Protea (DAHS)

Protea can offer software and hardware DAHS options that can work with both our own CEM analysers and also 3rd party monitoring systems. Our data reporting software can be applied to emissions, process, ambient, meteorological and water data.

Our emissions reporting software has been developed to the high standards required by continuous emissions monitoring standards, certificates and directives including:

  • MCERTS
  • IED regulations for power plants (Directive 2001/80/EC) and waste incinerators (Directive 2000/76/EC)
  • European Standard EN 14181
  • US EPA
  • Environmental Permitting (EP) regulations (Part A and Part B)
  • EN 17255 Data acquisition and handling systems

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8th March 2021 - CEM Integration by Protea

Protea can quickly and cost-effectively provide gas analyser integration support for your project.

Protea’s own extractive emissions analysers use a modular concept for CEM design and build. This not provides engineering benefits for our own manufactured analysers, but also allows for Protea to support the integration of 3rd part instruments cost-effectively. As a UK-based expert on gas analysers and CEMS, Protea can integrate and customise analyser operation for a range of process and emissions applications.

Our Sampling System Control Module (SSCM) product is a PLC-based CEM control unit that can manage features such as:

  • Heated Line Alarms
  • Heated Probe Alarms
  • Multiple Span Gases
  • Span Direct/Probe
  • Sampling control, including pump integration
  • Blow-Back/Back-Purge
  • By-Pass Sampling Control

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5th March 2021 - Emissions Analyser Software Features

Protea’s range of portable and fixed emissions gas analysers implement unique features to benefit emissions gas testing. Our PAS and PAS-Pro software offers the following features that make compliance with emissions testing standards easier as the software will dynamically calculate the required test results on-site:

  • T90 response time results for span/check gases recorded live
  • Span drift results and pass/fail recorded live
  • Drift correction calculation within software
  • Repeatability on zero and span results calculated live
  • Lower Detection Limit (LDL) calculator
  • FTIR residual analysis carried out live
  • Emissions Limit Value (ELV) exceedance warning on-screen
  • FTIR residual test as per M22, CEN/TS 17337 and other standards
  • Raw and Dry/O2 corrected values logged in real-time
Emissions Analyser Software Features

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2nd March 2021 - Combined FTIR + FID Analysers from Protea

atmosFID is a Flame Ionisation Detector (FID) analyser from Protea. atmosFID can be provided in fixed and portable applications to run alongside Protea’s multigas FTIR, atmosFIR. atmosFID and atmosFIR are both certified under EN 15267-3 and MCERTS for emissions monitoring (CEM) applications.

Protea’s combined FTIR + FID CEM uses a single software platform, PAS-Pro. PAS-Pro not only records the gas readings for atmosFID but offers full health diagnostic and control of the FID along with the FTIR. Zero and span gas checks for both FID and FTIR can be scheduled and carried out together. The software will monitor the single sampling system used by both instruments, such as heated lines, alarms and blowback.

Combined FTIR + FID Analysers from Protea Combined FTIR + FID Analysers from Protea Combined FTIR + FID Analysers from Protea

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2nd February 2021 - Hazardous Area Gas Analysers For Zone 1 & 2

Protea can provide gas analysers for installation in Hazardous area - Zone 1 and Zone 2. Protea is certified as a manufacturer of ATEX equipment as per Directive 2014/34/EU. For installation of gas analysers in Hazardous area, Protea can provide fully certified analysers and systems. As a manufacturer accredited under Directive 2014/34/EU our P2000 and P300 in-situ and extractive IR gas analysers have a history of installation in applications such as refinery monitoring. The atmosFIR EX is a complete multi-gas FTIR analyser Zone 1 and Zone 2 approved installation, that can provide emissions or process measurements for multiple sample points. Protea can also provide Hazardous area sampling lines and probes to give a complete solution.

Hazardous Area Gas Analysers For Zone 1 & 2

ATEX FTIR Gas Analyser
atmosFIR EX is an ATEX certified gas analyser system for measurement of industrial gases in a Zone 1 or Zone 2 area, providing a complete EX certified gas measurement system that meets both the sampling of non-flammable and flammable gases, utilizing Protea’s multigas atmosFIR FTIR gas analyser platform.

P300 Extractive Gas Analyser
The Protea 300 is a multi-component configurable gas and liquid analyser certified for use in hazardous area. Applications in BioGas, Bio Methane, Natural Gas and many applications in refineries.

P2000 In-situ CEM
The Protea 2000 is a multi-component configurable gas and liquid analyser certified for use in hazardous area. The only Hazardous Area approved Multi Component CEM analyser. The unit is certified EEx d (Flameproof) therefore no need for purge control equipment.

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2020

5th November 2020 - Flame Ionisation Detector (FID) Total VOC Launched

Protea’s Flame Ionisation Detector (FID) analysers allow for Total VOC analysis from a range of emissions, process, exhaust and ambient air applications. Protea’s Flame Ionisation Detector (FID) analysers are used to give quick, accurate measurement of Total VOC concentration in a range of applications such as emissions and process control and offer MCERTS EN 15267-3 QAL1 certification. Find out more at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/fid-total-voc

Protea’s Flame Ionisation Detector

Within the FID analyser chamber is a Hydrogen (H2) flame burning in an electrical field. The flame is fed by high purity fuel gas (atmosFID can use H2 gas or a H2/He mix) and a hydrocarbon (HC)-free combustion air. The sample gas to be analyzed is then also fed into this flame. The hydrocarbons within the sample gas are "cracked" in the flame and the resulting HC fragments are then ionized. An ion current in the order of 10-14A is generated in the electric field; this electric current is related to a DC amplifier and gives the detection of the HC content.

The measuring method requires that the measuring signal is proportional to the number of non-oxidized carbon atoms in the sample gas. Carbon atoms that are pre-oxidized are only partially measured. This phenomenon is expressed by the response factor (RF) of various hydrocarbons. Protea can provide a complete response factor list for the atmosFID.

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1st October 2020 - Distributor Exhibition In Russia

One of our distributors in Russia, Rias Limited, recently exhibited at the "Gas. Oil. Technologies-2020" exhibition in the Russian city of Ufa which was supported by the National Association of Liquefied Natural Gas and the National Gas Engine Association.

Distributor Exhibition In Russia

Rias Limited provides Extractive CEM, In-Situ CEM, Portable Emissions, Process Solutions and FTIR Analysers to a wide range of industries and applications as a leading company for the petrochemical industry participating in one of the largest expositions in the country. This was a unique opportunity to participate in the business program of the Russian Petrochemical Forum to exchange ideas and get up-to-date information on key industry topics at this very challenging time. The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has made adjustments to the exhibition calendar of the meeting industry. Nevertheless, exhibitions and forums are vital means of supporting various sectors of the economy, and Bashkir Exhibition Company is working on all the projects stated in its exhibition plan.

Some of the topics covered at the exhibition included:

  • Introduction of technological innovations in oil refining
  • Development of low-tonnage production and usage of LNG in the transport sector of the economy
  • Gas processing trends and prospects
  • Metrological support of oil and gas production
  • Technological security of Russia in the field of oil and gas processing and petrochemistry

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2nd September 2020 - Introducing BetaCap Capillary Gas Divider

Capillary technology offers an improvement in uncertainty of measurement of a gas dilution system over other technologies. The BetaCAP range of blenders offered by Protea has a set number of highly accurate capillaries – 30 or 60 as standard. The unit “switches” in the most suitable capillaries to generate the desired gas concentration, with fine-tuning of the gas delivery being made by pressure compensation.

Introducing BetaCap Capillary Gas Divider

The relative measuring uncertainty is low with this type of blender technology, as it is a function of the measured value of each capillary that is used not the instrument range, as is the case with sonic nozzle or MFC blenders. Blenders are offered in laboratory or field-ready packages, as well 19” rack configurations for installing alongside gas analysis equipment. Find out more at www.protea.ltd.uk/capillary-gas-divider

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3rd August 2020 - Introducing the atmosCAL MFC Gas Divider

The accurate calibration of gas analysers is critical, during factory build, routine service but also for on-going field assessment of analyser performance. Protea has developed the atmosCAL Gas Blender to enable dilution of high concentration gas cylinders over lower concentration ranges, in order to calibrate gas analysers - allowing characteristics such as absolute reading, repeatability, reproducibility, linearity and response time to be tested on analysers.

Introducing The atmosCAL MFC Gas Divider

Using multiple Mass Flow Controller (MFC) technology, generating required gas concentration is as simple as typing into the touchscreen the desired concentration and choosing the flow rate. MFC technology operates on the principle of thermal mass, and different gases require compensation. The atmosCAL embedded software is pre-loaded with a range of compensation factors so the majority of gases can be used with the atmosCAL without adjustment. Find out more at https://www.protea.ltd.uk/atmoscal.

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13th July 2020 - New Website Launched For Twin Tek Singapore

As part of our global Emissions Monitoring Solutions, we have a number of close global partners servicing every continent and sector. We are pleased to present the new Marine Emissions website for Twin-Tek Singapore Pte Ltd, covering the territories of Singapore, China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam.

Find out more at https://www.twintek.com/

New Website Launched For Twin Tek Singapore

Twin-Tek Singapore Pte Ltd was established in 1989 to promote innovative emission monitoring systems made in UK. We offer a comprehensive range of gas emission monitors to suit a variety of continuous gas emission applications such as incinerators, power plants and other industrial and marine processes. Since 2017, Twin-Tek is Protea Limited’s regional Distributor for the South Eastern and East Asia markets.

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13th July 2020 - atmosDAHS - CEM Emissions Reporting Software – MCERTS Approved

The continuous logging, reporting and assessment of emissions data is required by plant operators to ensure compliance with permits and standards. Protea’s atmosFIR Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEM) System is a complete online emissions monitoring solution and can now be supplied with built-in regulatory reporting software, without the need for any external hardware (PC’s or data-loggers).

atmosDAHS has been developed to the high standards required by continuous emissions monitoring standards, certificates and directives including MCERTS, the IED regulations for power plants (Directive 2001/80/EC) and waste incinerators (Directive 2000/76/EC), European Standard EN 14181, US EPA and Environmental Permitting (EP) regulations (Part A and Part B). atmosDAHS also meets the requirements of EN 17255 Data acquisition and handling systems.

A non-approved DAHS is also available. ProDAHS, allows for all the reporting and handling of data but without the compliant features of EN 14181 / QAL3 checks.

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atmosDAHS - CEM Emissions Reporting Software – MCERTS Approved

atmosDAHS - CEM Emissions Reporting Software – MCERTS Approved

atmosDAHS - CEM Emissions Reporting Software – MCERTS Approved

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8th June 2020 - Introducing The Gas Divider Range

As Protea manufactures a range of IR, UV, FTIR and MS gas analysers, we have designed a range of calibration products to meet the needs of checking our analysers against a range of standards and procedures. This includes emissions testing standards for both fixed (CEMs) and portable gas analysers, as well as standards for specific analysis applications such as Fire Testing. Protea now provides Laboratory Gas Dividers, Field Gas Dividers and the full range of technologies with the full range being found here https://www.protea.ltd.uk/gas-divider.

Introducing The Gas Divider Range

atmosCAL - Protea has developed the atmosCAL MFC Gas Divider to provide calibration gas linearity checks to our range of gas analysers. BetaCAP - Capillary technology offers an improvement in uncertainty of measurement of a gas dilution system over other technologies.

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1st May 2020 - Marine Emissions from Protea

Protea’s new marine emissions website is launched today.

Marine Emissions from Protea

MD Andy Toy says “Our Marine Emissions brand demonstrates our growing capabilities in the marine sector, with the new website showcasing our type-approved emissions monitors and measurement capabilities that will support the ship and off-shore industries.”

www.marineemissions.com

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7th April 2020 - Developments in the CEMS market From Environmental Technology

Protea recently appeared in an online emissions magazine article at Environmental Technology authored by Marcus Pattison on behalf of CEM. He stated "From an environmental perspective, continuous monitoring provides a better picture of process emissions because it is able to detect spikes and trends, whilst also providing emissions data during all process conditions". The article covered topics such as the UK still applying EU regulations, Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), Medium Combustion Plant, Waste Incineration & CEMS Developments.

Developments in the CEMS market From Environmental Technology

Recent innovations include the launch of SICK’s MCS200HW which follows international standards such as 2010/75 / EU, EN15267 or EN14181 as well as US EPA, Part 75, for plants requiring a permit. The MCS200HW is a hot/wet extractive multi-component analyser for the continuous monitoring of up to 12 measurement components in the flue gases of industrial combustion plants. It features an innovative 12-inch touchscreen display with a task-oriented operator wizard and quick access to the main functions. Plant operators are also able to quickly access the analyser and its data remotely; wherever they are in the world.

Protea supplies both extractive and in-situ CEMS. The atmosFIR extractive CEMS are built around the company’s FTIR technology, which is MCERTS approved for simultaneous multigas analysis. A standard gas suite of NO, NO2, N2O, SO2, NH3, HCl, CH4, O2, CO2 and H2O is provided, with the lowest range NOx measurement of any FTIR-based CEM. The technology allows further gases to be added easily using the company’s software, without a requirement for further hardware. Protea’s in-situ (IR or UV) CEMS are flange mounted to the emissions point, which removes the need for often costly and high-maintenance sample handling components.

Protea will be launching a comprehensive emissions reporting package for use with their full CEMS product range in 2020. “The provision of the reporting software alongside the full CEM system will ensure a fully configured and compliant emissions package of hardware plus software from us, giving a single supplier and support contact for our customers,” says MD Andy Toy. “Both the CEM and the reporting software are provided with full remote diagnostics capability; which is hugely beneficial at times or in locations when on-site access is not always possible.” Protea’s CEMS are routinely employed by industrial process operators in compliance with their regulatory requirements. However, MD Andy Toy says: “The supply of equipment and services for the monitoring of emissions from marine vessels is a growing part of our business.”

According to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) MARPOL convention for the prevention of pollution from ships, from 1st January 2020 the sulphur content of fuel oil used by ships shall not exceed 0.50% - which is 80% lower than the previous limit. “This will undoubtedly lower SO2 emissions,” comments Andy Toy. “However, ship operators may not be able to source low sulphur fuels, and fuels may become mixed onboard. In addition, some ships are equipped with emission scrubbers so they should be able to continue to use fuels with higher sulphur content. Our robust, certified monitors enable marine vessels to ensure that they operate their scrubbers effectively and that all vessels are able to demonstrate compliance with emissions regulations.”

The full article can be found at https://www.envirotech-online.com/article/air-monitoring/6/cem/developments-in-the-cems-market/2729.

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7th April 2020 - The Complete FTIR Gas Analyser Solution

Protea’s range of Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Gas Analyser allows for the measurement of nearly any gas with one instrument. A FTIR gas analyser collects a full infrared spectrum continuously, allowing for hundreds of gases to be detected and measured at once. Changes are only needed to software calibration files to measure new gases. Protea offers the complete FTIR Gas Analyser solution for a global market place.

The Complete FTIR Gas Analyser Solution

Our FTIR gas analysers represent the highest levels of performance and accuracy in industrial and research gas measurements. Protea offers a number of standard FTIR configurations that are designed for specific applications including:-

  • Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEM) FTIR
  • Online process FTIR gas analysis
  • High concentration FTIR systems
  • Very low concentration ppb FTIR analysers
  • Portable FTIR gas analysers

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10th March 2020 - Global Marine Support Network Expanded

With our marine analysers installed on vessels all over the world, the ongoing service and support for the equipment is satisfied by our dedicated network working in and around major ports and installation locations. Visit www.protea.ltd.uk/marine-support-network for more information.

Global Marine Support Network Expanded

Protea’s installed base of marine emissions analyser is supported and serviced by our dedicated Marine Support network operating globally. With the full support of our UK-based marine analyser service team, our support network is located in and around the major locations for installation, commissioning and readily available to provide on-vessel service when needed. Protea offer a worldwide service capability to the Marine Industry.

  • Annual service of Protea and Procal supplied analysers
  • Annual analyser verification and certification Protea and Procal supplied analysers
  • Call out service of Protea and Procal supplied analysers
  • Ship gaseous emission survey using the latest transportable analysers

All Protea and Distributor service personnel are of the highest professional standard, factory trained and routinely attend refresher courses to ensure that they are up to date with all aspects of the products and legislative requirements.

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19th February 2020 - Protea Exhibiting at The Asia Pacific Maritime 30 Sep - 2 Oct 2020

New dates have been announced for the Asia Pacific Maritime 2020 exhibition. Protea Limited are exhibiting at the UK Pavilion Booth number E-K07. The Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) is a premier exhibition and conference in Asia showcasing a complete overview of the vessel sectors, services and solutions, technology, vessels equipment, machinery, supplies, and many more. With 15 editions of proven track record, APM gives you 3 days of opportunities to connect with decision makers and to sharpen industry understanding in Asia. Click here www.apmaritime.com for more information.

Protea Exhibiting at The Asia Pacific Maritime 30 Sep - 2 Oct 2020

Michelle Lim, Managing Director, Reed Exhibitions, said, “APM has been the leading maritime marketplace in Asia for over 15 editions and prides itself on delivering strong business outcomes for exhibitors and visitors. All 15 pavilions at APM as well as major exhibitors have expressed commitment to returning during the new dates (30 September to 2 October 2020) and to working closely with us to deliver an outstanding exhibition once again. We are also glad to have had continued support from Marina Bay Sands, which allowed us to secure the same award-winning venue during the new dates.”

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17th February 2020 - Dynoptic Systems and Tunnel Sensors Was Acquired by Acoem Group

Paul Jones, Managing Director announced that DynOptic Systems Ltd and Tunnel Sensors, has been acquired by ACOEM Group.

Dynoptic Systems and Tunnel Sensors Was Acquired by Acoem Group

The agreement took effect from Monday 2 September 2019.

ACOEM Group, based in Limonest, France, is a global leader in air monitoring solutions with 18 subsidiaries and offices worldwide. ACOEM Group has acted quickly in responding to the growing global demand for specialist environmental monitoring technology and instruments by making a number of strategic acquisitions to expand its air and gas monitoring capabilities.

The decision to join ACOEM is a strategic one that will significantly enhance prospects for growth, the growth of people, portfolio, customer base, and technologies. As part of ACOEM Group, DynOptic will accelerate research and development, and strive to deliver new technologies.

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2019

7th November 2019 - Type Approval Certificate For Marine Automatic Devices & Equipment Japan

Protea has attained a further marine emissions approval accreditation to certify that the undernoted product (P2000) has been approved in accordance with the requirements specified in Chapter 1, Part 7 of 'Guidance for the Approval of Materials and Equipment for Marine Use' and the relevant Society's rules.

Type Approval Certificate For Marine Automatic Devices & Equipment Japan

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai is a ship classification society. It is also known by the brand name “ClassNK” or often in the industry as just “NK”. It is a not for profit society dedicated to ensuring the safety of life and property at sea, and the prevention of pollution of the marine environment. ClassNK offers a broad range of services such as ship classification surveys, statutory surveys and certification on behalf of Flag States based on both international conventions, codes, national statutes, as well as ClassNK’s own rules and regulations.

They also include assessment and certification services of safety management systems of ship management companies as well as the quality systems of ship builders and related manufacturers as an independent third party. ClassNK also offers appraisal, consulting and supervisory services on both marine and non-marine related projects.

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4th September 2019 - Protea P2000 Product Focus

The Protea P2000 is an infra-red (IR), duct or stack-mounted Analyser, designed to provide In-Situ analysis of up to six gas-phase emission components.A typical system comprises of a stack mounted Analyser, an integral Calibration Module and a Control Unit with options which include a powerful In-Situ Heater anda stand-alone Analysis Software package. MCERTS Product Conformity Certificate is also available with the P2000 Series Continuous Emission Monitor With Protea Control Unit.

Protea P2000 Product Focus

The P2000 uses the reflective beam principal to directly measure process gas as it enters the in situ sample cell. Unlike higher maintenance extractive systems, Protea’s patented, sintered metal technology removes the need for gas filtering or sample conditioning.The P2000 analyser requires very little maintenance and achieves a class-beating availability of over 98% in demanding applications.The Control Unit can support multiple analysers from the Protea range.

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9th August 2019 - Free Spectrum Viewer Software Update

Protea have released a newly updated version of our Spectrum Viewer software. This allows for a wider spectral format use, in particular the ability to work with the NIST standard library spectra for Mass Spectrum. The flexible and user-friendly Spectrum Viewer can now be used for peak analysis and spectral manipulations for mass spectra data, as well as the IR absorption use. The software is still freely downloadable from the Protea website – we welcome feedback and updates from users!

Free Spectrum Viewer Software Update

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7th August 2019 - Global Distributors Updated for 2019

We have recently updated our global distributors list which now includes distribution across 38 countries in all 6 continents. Each distributor works closely with Protea allowing for support across our CEMS and Emissions ranges. More recently we have implemented complete global distribution for Marine Process and Emissions applications.

Global Distributors Updated For 2019

Protea works with local partners and distributors across the world. We work very closely with our partners to ensure the high quality of service and support is given to you wherever you are. Protea are always looking to expand our distributor network to bring new channel partners on-board as re-sellers or systems integrators for our products into more markets and applications.

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1st July 2019 - Protea Visit the OGM Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur to Undertake Sales & Service Training

Members of the Protea team visited Kuala Lumpur where we exhibited our full range of products in conjunction with a local distributor for the region Exact. Sales and service training for engineers was undertaken along with a number of in-depth knowledge transfer sessions for our core product ranges including the P2000 In-Situ Infra-red gas analyser connected to a Protea control unit offering a complete continuous emission monitoring system.

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24th May 2019 - atmosFIR FTIR Pattern Approval Certificate of the People’s Republic of China

The atmosFIR range of FTIR multigas analysers, for fixed emissions, portable emissions and process analysis, have been awarded pattern approval. This demonstrates Protea’s analysers have successfully passed technical and metrological tests and is permitted for use. This demonstrates Protea’s commitment to product development and supporting our partners in the People’s Republic of China.

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10th May 2019 - MCERTS Certified Advanced FTIR Automated Measuring Systems (AMS)

Protea Ltd based in the UK are leaders in the development and application of FTIR in Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS). Protea, a pioneer in the application of FTIR in emissions testing, introducing the versatile MCERTS approved Protea 204M in 2008.

Protea are pleased to announce the launch of an MCERTS approved range of Emission Monitoring Systems. The atmosFIR range has been certified under MCERTS to EN 15267 – Type Approval & Certification of AMS (QAL1) suitable for monitoring European Union Directives for example 2010/75/EC, 2000/76/EC, 2001/80/EC and quality assurance in accordance with EN 14181. Uniquely we are the only FTIR supplier on the market to offer an embedded certified O2 sensor and also have the lowest certified range of NO.

The certificate can be downloaded here

atmosFIR Range – MCERTS QAL1 Fixed installation

Protea manufacture fully integrated systems to monitor many demanding industrial applications for such as Waste to Energy, Cement, Power and many more. The system can be supplied in a variety of configurations to meet the customers’ requirements, including, ATEX approved, weather proofing for outdoor installation, Air Conditioning.

Protea will supply the system to meet the customer’s specification in addition to monitoring the gas emission concentrations will also monitor particulate, stack pressure, stack temperature and flow reporting all concentrations as required by the emission permit on a certified CEMS DAS.

Protea can also supply the integrated CEMS system in bespoke walk in shelters with all the necessary system components including heated lines, sample probes and certified calibration gases.


atmosFIR Range –Transportable FTIR for Back-up, AST and compliance testing

Protea have replaced the Protea 204M with the atmosFIRt utilising the same technology as used in the fixed configuration the versatile transportable analyser is ideal for source testing. The analyser, with its intuitive HMI software and logging, is a robust simple to use solution to many portable emissions applications. Not only for standard combustion gas analysis – CO, NOx, SO2, HCl, NH3 – but also for complex organic emissions with no limit on the number of VOCs that can be measured. The transportable FTIR comes with built in Oxygen sensor and sampling system control.


atmosFIR Range – MCERTS QAL 1 19” Rack Mounted

Protea can supply the 19” Rack Mounted analyser to be integrated into third party systems, however to comply with the approval strict adherence to the sample system is required – refer to factory.


The atmosFIR series can monitor over 200 gas species simultaneously; the following are those certified under MCERTS EN 14181. Certificate Number Sira MC190346/00:


Protea P2000 - In addition to the atmosFIR range Protea also manufacture a range of MCERTS certified multi component In-Situ analysers. Certificate Number Sira MC050060/13

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6th March 2019 - New Marine Emissions Brochure Now Available

We have recently updated our Marine Emissions download focused on meeting the environmental challenges faced for global shipping and logistics activities. The most important gases in terms of emissions are currently sulphur oxides (SOx), and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Annex VI has a schedule for significant reductions in both over the next 10 years. Please contact us for your Marine Emissions requirements.

The need to demonstrate environmental responsibility is key for today’s marine and offshore industries. Charterers and the public demand high standards of performance and reliability. Fuels and exhaust gas emissions are also the subject of international, regional and national controls. The most significant is IMO MARPOL Annex VI - Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, which also applies to mobile offshore drilling units and other oil industry platforms.

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6th February 2019 - Download Our Latest Company Overview PDF

The last two years have seen major developments at Protea across all areas of the business. This includes the opening of new manufacturing facilities, new product development and also the employment of additional expertise supporting Protea being specialists in design, manufacture and supply of integrated Continuous Emission Monitoring and Process Analyser systems for all types of industrial application.

Download Our Latest Company Overview PDF

Protea utilises its own unique advanced technologies to meet customer requirements.The Company offers exceptional sales and after sales support to its customers through a highly trained and motivated world-wide distributor network.

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2018

27th November 2018 - Environmental Times Air Quality Case Study & Product Book Article

The highest levels of performance and accuracy in environmental emissions monitoring equipment. With 20 years experience in gas analyser application and manufacture, Protea can provide the complete gas analysis solution for research, process and environmental emissions monitoring.

Expertise

  • Protea is the leading UK manufacturer of FTIR emissions monitoring analysers
  • New Peterborough Factory for 2018, with increased production and calibration facilities for our in-situ product range

Wide Product Range

  • We supply portable/transportable analysers for stack emissions testing
  • P-AMS for stack emissions testing (P204M and atmosFIRt), with software support for CEN and TGN M22 FTIR emissions standards
  • Complete stack emissions equipment supply – heated lines, heated probes, filters etc
  • We supply Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) for in-situ and extractive monitoring using IR and UV technology
  • Fixed monitoring applications such as incineration, but also multiple VOC, CFC, HFC and a wide range of other emissions
  • Continuous process monitoring systems also provided, from ppb to %Vol level measurements.

Certification

  • P2000 In-Situ CEM MCERTS approved and wide installation base
  • Our ProtIR 204M product is MCERTS approved as a transportable CEM
  • New atmosFIR CEM product has “MCERTS applied for” status and is being tested now

New! In-Situ CEM Product Range

The unique in-situ CEM systems (Both Infra-Red and Ultra Violet) are flange mounted, with the Insitu sample cell protruding into the stack. The Protea In-Situ multi component CEM can monitor multiple gases species simultaneously, because the water vapour is monitored the pollutant gases can be reported on a wet or dry bases depending on the local environmental agencies requirements.

Training

  • We offer comprehensive training in the UK
  • Training can be provided by MCERTS-standard emissions testing professionals for both instrumental and manual emissions testing
  • Dedicated FTIR Applications Training can be provided for any FTIR manufacturer’s equipment

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1st November 2018 - Inside Our New Modern Manufacturing Facility at Peterborough

Earlier in the year we relocated our offices in Peterborough to a new location which included a complete fit out to allow for a purpose built modern manufacturing facility. The images below provide an insight into the work that we do focused on the manufacture and production of in-situ gas analysers for a global market place. The new facility specialised in the production of the P2000 and P5000 in-situ Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEM) analysers that are flange mounted to the emissions point, with an in-situ sample cell inserted into a stack.

Inside Our New Modern Manufacturing Facility At Peterborough

Inside Our New Modern Manufacturing Facility At Peterborough

Inside Our New Modern Manufacturing Facility At Peterborough

Our full office address for the new location is Protea Ltd, Peterborough, Unit 2 Venture Park, Stirling Way, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE3 8YD, UK. The telephone number is +44 (0) 1733 263437 and the email address is mailto:sales@protea.ltd.uk. Protea offers both Infra-Red (IR) and Ultra Violet (UV) in-situ gas analysers. The in-situ CEM systems are multi-component and can monitor multiple gases species simultaneously. The analyser also monitors water vapour and so the pollutant gases can be reported on a wet or dry bases depending on the local environmental agencies requirements.

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3rd October 2018 - Accreditations Page Updated with all Certificates

Protea have had a busy year during 2018 with the addition of new standards and accreditations. We have been very active in this area and have a dedicated area where you can access all six of our downloads offering detailed information on a wide range of accreditations relating to Protea and its products.

Accreditations Page Updated With All Certificates

Our full range of accreditations and certificates is presented below:

  • Protea Quality Policy - Protea is certified to the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2015 quality management system for its system design, manufacturing, supply and service activities
  • Protea ISO 9001:2015 Certificate - The design, manufacture, supply and service of analysers for gas emissions, process control and research
  • RINA Marine Certificate For The P2000 CEMS - The P2000 may be used for the continuous monitoring of emissions from the exhaust gas cleaning system
  • Protea ATEX Quality Assurance Notification - Equipment or Protective Systems or Components Intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Directive 2014/34/EU
  • P2000 Analyser ATEX Type Examination Certificate - Equipment or Protective Systems or Components Intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Directive 2014/34/EU
  • Protea IECEx Certificate of Conformity - International Electrotechnical Commission IEC Certificate Scheme for Explosive Atmospheres
  • P2000 Lloyds Register Type Approval Certificate Extension - This is to certify that Certificate No. 15/ 00083 for the undernoted products is extended and renumbered as shown

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3rd September 2018 - Protea Achieve IECEx Certificate of Conformity

International Electrotechnical Commission IEC Certificate Scheme for Explosive Atmospheres. IECEx is a voluntary system which provides an internationally accepted means of proving compliance with IEC standards. IEC standards are used in many national approval schemes and as such, IECEx certification can be used to support national compliance, negating the need in most cases for additional testing. Download the Protea IECEx Certificate of Conformity here or on our accreditations page.

Protea Achieve IECEx Certificate of Conformity

The International Electrotechnical Commission(IEC) is an international standards organisation that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies - collectively known as "electrotechnology". IEC standards cover a vast range of technologies from power generation, transmission and distribution to home appliances and office equipment, semiconductors, fibre optics, batteries, solar energy, nanotechnology and marine energy as well as many others. The IEC also manages three global conformity assessment systems that certify whether equipment, system or components conform to its International Standards. If you require any further information regarding the Protea IECEx Certificate of Conformity or anything else you can email Protea at sales@protea.ltd.uk

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8th August 2018 - Protea Attain ATEX Quality Assurance Notification

We are pleased to announce that Protea have attained an ATEX directive for Equipment or Protective Systems or Components Intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Directive 2014/34/EU. Notification Number: Baseefa ATEX 7765. ATEX is a legal prerequisite for selling within the European Economic Area, but IECEx gives maximum international acceptance and, if feasible, most customers elect to have certificates for both schemes issued at the same time. Download the Protea ATEX Quality Assurance Notification here.

Protea Attain ATEX Quality Assurance Notification

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3rd July 2018 - The Complete FTIR Gas Analyser Solution

Protea’s range of Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Gas Analyser allows for the measurement of nearly any gas with one instrument. A FTIR gas analyser collects a full infrared spectrum continuously, allowing for hundreds of gases to be detected and measured at once. Changes are only needed to software calibration files to measure new gases. Protea offers the complete FTIR Gas Analyser solution for a global market place.

The Complete FTIR Gas Analyser Solution

Our FTIR gas analysers represent the highest levels of performance and accuracy in industrial and research gas measurements. Protea offers a number of standard FTIR configurations that are designed for specific applications including:-

  • Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEM) FTIR
  • Online process FTIR gas analysis
  • High concentration FTIR systems
  • Very low concentration ppb FTIR analysers
  • Portable FTIR gas analysers

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1st June 2018 - Protea Awarded the RINA Marine Certificate for the P2000 CEMS

Protea have recently been awarded the RINA Certificate Marine Certificate for our Monitoring and control system continuous emissions monitor the P2000. The P2000 may be used for the continuous monitoring of emissions from the exhaust gas cleaning system. The actual reference standard is that the RINA rules for the classification of ships - Part C “Machinery, Systems and Fire Protection”, Chapter 3, Section 6, Tab.1 and IMO Res, MEPC.259(68) Chapter 6 “Emission Testing” as well as the relevant requirements of Revised MARPOL Annex VI and NOx Technical Code 2008.

Protea Awarded The RINA Marine Certificate For The P2000 CEMS

Protea 2000 In-Situ Infra-red gas analyser connected to a Protea Control Unit forms the basis of a Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS). The Stack Mounted In-Situ analyser monitors the stack gas without the need for any sample handling equipment making it a cost-effective solution to Continuous Emission Monitoring and Process applications. The analyser monitors the stack gases “wet”, water vapour is continuously monitored enabling the pollutant gases can be reported on a wet or dry bases.

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22nd May 2018 - DEFRA Publish a Draft Clean Air Strategy for the UK

Last year DEFRA published plans for reducing roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations in the UK, setting out our approach to meeting the statutory limits for NO2. On 22nd May 2018 DEFRA published its draft for a Clean Air Strategy outlining their ambitions relating to reducing air pollution in the round, making our air healthier to breathe, protecting nature and boosting the economy. In this draft strategy, DEFRA set a clear direction for future air quality policies and goals. The strategy sits alongside three other important UK government strategies: UK Industrial Strategy, UK Clean Growth Strategy and the UK 25 Year Environment Plan. It can be downloaded here or viewed below.

DEFRA Publish A Draft Clean Air Strategy For The UK

The draft Clean Air Strategy 2018 sets out actions to improve air quality by reducing pollution from a wide range of sources. It affects a broad range of sectors and touches on the interests of many. DEFRA would like views on the actions being proposed to reduce air pollution and its effects, and to hear whether individuals, companies and organisations have any further suggestions. We will await the next stages of this important initiative.

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20th April 2018 - Protea Training System Solutions Enhanced

FTIR Operation - Either to be provided with one of our own FTIR gas analyser systems, or provided to users of other FTIR equipment, Protea’s FTIR training course provides an in-depth and thorough training course for both the new comer to FTIR and also the experienced user. From an overview of spectral theory, to a breakdown of the components within an FTIR analysis system, our training courses enable the laboratory user or plant engineer to get the most out of this powerful technology.

Protea Training System Solutions Enhanced

FTIR Data Analysis - The beauty of FTIR spectroscopy for industrial gas analysis is the collection of spectral data that can be reviewed and re-analysed offline to provide extra information on gas species within the process. However the tools and techniques to do this are not always fully explained or demonstrated to newcomers to this technology. Protea can provide 2 day training courses specifically for the analysis of FTIR data. Starting with a review of data quality and spectral care, the course introduces the customer to the concepts of FTIR spectral analysis such as chemo metrics.

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5th February 2018 - New State Of The Art Manufacturing Facility for Protea Underway

Protea is excited to announce our comprehensive building works are well underway on our new premises in Peterborough. The customisation of the 10,0000 square foot facility will enable the high production rate of emissions monitoring systems predicted for 2018 to be met, with the increased capacity as Protea continues to expanded. Further updates on the new location and the opening ceremony will follow in the coming months.

New State Of The Art Manufacturing Facility For Protea Underway

New State Of The Art Manufacturing Facility For Protea Underway

New State Of The Art Manufacturing Facility For Protea Underway

The year has already started well with the successfully accreditation to QAL 1, EN14181 MCERTS for the P2000 multi component in-situ continuous emission monitoring system. This will enable us to meet our customers’ requirements both in Europe and the increasing number of countries adopting the requirements of this certification. Whereas there are several instruments with this certification we are one of few that can offer in-situ fully verifiable analysers with this accreditation. The P2000 analyser is unique with its capability of monitoring the common pollutant gases at these levels in varied applications and specifications. With our powerful reporting software makes our solution second to none.

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19th January 2018 - MCERTS Accreditation for Protea

We are pleased to announce that our Protea 2000 In-Situ Infra-red gas analyser is now accredited for MCERTS standard. This accreditation is tested to a European standard (15267-3) which is globally recognised. The new approval allows for Protea to offer and supply the P2000 Series Continuous Emission Monitor with Protea Control Unit.

Monitoring emissions to air, land and water (MCERTS) is a business emissions to air, land and water are regulated under strict European and UK laws, to protect the environment and human health. Businesses either monitor their emissions all the time, known as continuous monitoring, or at times defined in their permit, known as spot tests or periodic monitoring. In both cases they must meet quality requirements. MCERTS is the Environment Agency’s Monitoring Certification Scheme. It provides the framework for businesses to meet our quality requirements. As we now comply with MCERTS we can have confidence in the monitoring of emissions to the environment.

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2017

4th October 2017 - In Situ Gas Analysers Range Launched - the Protea 2000 & 5000

As part of our growth plans Protea is please to launch a new range of products and technologies focused on Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS). The Stack Mounted In-Situ analyser monitors the stack gas without the need for any sample handling equipment making it a cost effective solution to Continuous Emission Monitoring and Process applications. The analyser monitors the stack gases “wet”, water vapour is continuously monitored enabling the pollutant gases can be reported on a wet or dry bases.

In Situ Gas Analysers Range Launched - The Protea 2000 & 5000

The range includes two models at the stage the Protea 2000 and the Protea 5000. The Protea 2000 can monitor up to six gas species, including NO, NO2, N2O, SO2, NH3, HCl, CH4, CO, CO2 and H2O in many CEMs and process applications. The Protea 5000 can monitor to multiple gas species, including NO, NO2, N2O, SO2, NH3, TRS, H2S and H2O in many CEMs and process applications. The analyser probe is heated, ensuring components in contact with the stack gas are above the dew point, enabling the analyser to be installed on highly corrosive applications such as Nitric Acid and Sulphuric Acid plants. The analyser is compliant with international standards such as US EPA 40 cfr Part 60 & 75.

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6th September 2017 - Protea Ltd Adds In-Situ Continuous Emission Monitoring to its Product Range

Protea Ltd acquire the sole rights to manufacture the Parker Procal range of In-Situ Continuous Emission Monitoring (CEMS) and Process analysers from Parker Hannifin. The range of In-Situ analysers are considered to be number one in the field of CEMS with a large installed base in demanding applications globally. The In-Situ analysers will compliment Protea’s existing extensive product range, enabling the company to develop its application capability in all key industrial sectors. Click the image below to download this news press release.

Protea Ltd Adds In-Situ Continuous Emission Monitoring To Its Product Range

Protea Ltd design and manufacture a range of advanced Fourier-Transform Infra-Red (FTIR), Tuneable Laser Diode (TDL) and Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer (QMS) instruments. The systems are supplied for both CEMS and Process applications, capable of monitoring low level emissions compliant with international standards (European EN14181 and US EPA).

The Company will manufacture the In-Situ product range in a new facility in Peterborough UK and has recruited a team with extensive experience of In-Situ CEMS technology. Protea Ltd Managing Director Andrew Toy “I am pleased to announce the inclusion of the Procal In-Situ range of analysers and accessories into our product portfolio, enabling Protea to considerably expand its capabilities. We are now able to offer fully integrated Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems to meet the ever demanding market requirements.”

The company will utilise its extensive highly experienced distributor network to market and support both its existing and the newly acquired In-Situ range of gas analysers as it continues to develop its capabilities in the growing international environmental monitoring sector.

About Parker Hannifin - Parker Hannifin is a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. For 100 years the company has engineered the success of its customers in a wide range of diversified industrial and aerospace markets. Learn more at www.parker.com

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4th September 2017 - Protea Exhibiting at CEM India 2017 Conference & Exhibition on Emissions Monitoring

Protea will be exhibiting at the Conference and Exhibition (CEM) on Emissions Monitoring India on 26th to 28th September 2017 at stand 26. India is one of the world's fastest growing economies and is currently the third largest polluting country in the world emitting 2407 million metric tonnes of CO2 .To tackle this pollution The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) of India has taken an important step to adopt Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) in India. The CPCB has initially directed plants in 17 categories of highly polluting industries to install CEMS for real time monitoring and compliance.

Protea, Exhibiting, CEM India, 2017, Conference & Exhibition, Emissions Monitoring

The CEM India conference follows on from the highly successful series of CEM events which have been held in Europe since 1997. CEM India will provide delegates and visitors in depth information on Indian regulation and policy, monitoring guide lines, calibration and quality control. There will be case study presentations from International speakers, The Central Pollution Control Board and the Centre for Science and Environment on best practice, installation, procedures and data capture.

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1st September 2017 - Global Distributors Announced In Five Continents

The last twelve months has seen significant growth within Protea for both home and export market sectors. We have seen expansion and growth in our product range, human resources and also our quality systems. This follows on from an expansion into larger premises and the acquisition by the Bartec Auto ID group of companies. We have also invested in the development and expansion of a network of global distributors across key markets within our industry sectors.

Global Distributors Announced In Five Continents

We now have distributors in Austria, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Netherlands, China, Denmark, Eire, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Netherlands, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Laos, Lithuania, Malaysia, Norway, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore. If you are in a territory that we do not have representation in then we are interested in hearing from you.

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18th August 2017 - Protea Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Accreditation

Protea is pleased to announce that we have had our Integrated Management System (IMS) successfully audited by TÜV Rheinland and have been awarded certification to ISO 9001:2015 for the design, manufacture, supply and service of analysers for gas emissions, process control and research.

Protea Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Accreditation

Protea Ltd are the sole UK manufacturer of FTIR’s and our certification to ISO 9001:2015 further enhances our commitment to manufacturing and delivering high quality products and services. This commitment to quality is in addition to our ongoing EN 15267-3 certification tests for MCERTS approval of our atmosFIR CEM which we anticipate to be completed later this year.

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24th July 2017 - Sales Team Expansion for Global Protea Solutions

Protea exhibited at the Air Quality and Emissions Show in Telford on May 24th to 25th at stand numbers 13 & 14. This was the 9th Air Quality & Emissions exhibition and focused on industrial emissions and stack monitoringProtea are pleased to announce the appointment of two new business development representatives covering global territories for all products in the Protea range. This will cover responsibility the for developing sales growth internationally, the recruitment and management of a worldwide distributor network and the supporting customers and end users directly. Making regular worldwide visits to assist and support, promote, specify applications for a range of emission monitoring products, this new team will look to develop a clear action and growth plan through exhibitions, seminars and marketing support. They will also provide commercial and application training and obtain certification, vendor approvals working with large OEM customers. We welcome Chris Daw and Karen Canham to Protea.

Sales Team Expansion For Global Protea Solutions

Chris Daw has long experience in bringing high tech, high value products from concept to market, particularly in the export field. In the 35 years that he has been in industry and sales, he has always gone the extra mile for customers, and been really effective in new business development in numerous new territories. We see Chris being a real asset to Protea and he can be contacted on Chris.Daw@protea.ltd.uk

Karen Canham has vast experience in technical and high value sales development and Support for Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Medium Sized Businesses (MSBs). A history of worldwide growth with a network of associates in key geographical hubs that can assist in developing sales strategy’s and routes to market. Karen is available to help you with all applications and can assist you and potential clients by co-ordinating and management of sales initiatives. Karen is an exceptional communicator when dealing with your specifications and she can be contacted on :Karen.Canham@protea.ltd.uk

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2016

15th November 2016 - ECA Compliance Through Continuous Emission Monitoring

In just a matter of months, shipowners operating in emissions control areas (ECAs) will have only three choices to comply with mandatory 0.1% sulphur levels; burn marine distillates, switch to liquefied natural gas; or install abatement technology such as scrubbers, says Chris Daw, Managing Director, Procal, part of Parker Group.

With 2015 literally just around the proverbial corner, decisions must be made now. And this is – understandably – heightening debate around not only which approach to adopt, but also the efficacy of available technology and emissions measurement techniques. Owners and operators are under pressure to ensure that comprehensive analysis and planning is undertaken to ascertain which of these options is the most viable and profitable for their business.

ECA Compliance Through Continuous Emission Monitoring

In the near term, it is widely considered that distillate fuels are likely to be the most popular choice. This is largely because – of each of the three options – switching to burning distillates within ECAs requires the least up front operational investment, albeit at a premium of $300 to $400 over regular HSFO.

Distillates may very well be the best option for some owners and operators, particularly those who will operate only for short periods within ECAs. However, exacerbated fuel costs are not the only consideration; with the rapid increase in demand post-2015 is expected to exert extreme pressure on the supply chain. And, in addition, as greater demands are placed upon fuel oil systems, the crew must not only concentrate upon the implementation of timely fuel switching procedures, but attention must also be heightened to condition monitoring, maintenance and processes.

LNG as bunker fuel presents the second option. With almost no sulphur content, reduced NOx and lower carbon emissions, as well as offering lower fuel costs than even conventional bunkers at current prices, it represents an attractive proposition. However the youth of LNG bunkering naturally presents logistical challenges and it will take time for the infrastructure to develop sufficiently before the use of LNG as a fuel becomes widespread practice.

The third option for ECA compliance is the installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems, or scrubbers, to reduce the emission of sulphur and other particulate matter from HSFO. From an operational perspective, certain scrubbers remove SOx by up to 98% and harmful particulate matter emissions can be reduced by 85%. Ultimately though, whichever option is adopted, shipowners will be under significant pressure to prove compliance or else face significant fines they can ill-afford.

Measuring emissions during the entire journey
The Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) has suggested to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that continuous monitoring technologies that measure emissions directly during the entire journey should be installed on all ships.

Exhaust gases from the combustion of residual and distillate fuels can be analysed and shown on screen or in report format, so that compliance can be confirmed in port, in Emissions Control Areas and in international waters. In its submission to the IMO, CSC said bunker delivery notes (BDNs), which have been “the primary instrument” for ships to verify compliance with sulphur limits, leave too much room for uncertainty. As regulations become increasingly stringent, the shipping industry need no longer rely upon comparing fuel consumption and route data to assess compliance.

A key concern for CSC is to ensure that there are no loopholes in efforts to enforce the provisions of MARPOL VI, which sets limits for emissions to air from ships. Several shipping companies, including DFDS, Maersk and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) have also raised concerns about inadequate monitoring of ships for compliance with the sulphur limit in ECAs from 2015, when the cost of compliance will increase dramatically.

A recent consultation by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency suggested that it could prove hard for port state control (PSC) authorities to check if a vessel with a scrubber onboard was actually using it. This prompted Meindert Vink from the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate to state, as reported by Bunkerworld, that he had faith in scrubber technology, especially if combined with tamper-proof continuous monitoring technology. He noted that this would make it straightforward for PSC to simply check the record on paper.

CEMS
The most effective method for measuring emissions is in-situ monitoring using a continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS). In contrast to extractive sampling where a gas sample needs to be physically extracted from the system for analysis, ‘in-situ’ monitoring provides a continuous, real time measurement of the content of a vessel’s exhaust gases, with data provided instantaneously on a screen that can be installed in the engine room and on the bridge.

An in-situ continuous monitoring system will immediately flag up any problems. By contrast, a six stack extractive system will monitor any stack for only 12 minutes in any hour, causing potential delay in relaying failure. In-situ systems are also more reliable, as they do not require any filtration or drying of the exhaust gas, and are the only real monitoring option for low maintenance seawater scrubbing operations. Although it is recommended that extractive solutions should be checked every three months, the guaranteed reliability of an in-situ analyser requires only an annual check.

The unique nature of infra-red in-situ systems make them sensitive enough to confirm compliance, even when emission limits are very low. Emissions that are the equivalent of 0.1% sulphur fuel are around 22ppm of SOx in the exhaust gas. Any instrument with a range over 0-100 ppm will not be accurate enough to measure this and an inappropriate choice for operational scrubber monitoring. For example, the Procal 2000 – an infra-red (IR), duct or stack-mounted system, designed to provide in-stack analysis – has an SO2 monitoring range of 0-100 ppm but can automatically switch ranges to 0-500/1000 ppm for monitoring operations outside of an ECA on high sulphur fuels.

An instrument such as this can measure up to six exhaust gases and a typical system could comprise of up to six stack-mounted analysers to measure gases such as SO2, CO2 and NOx. The analysers are connected to a data acquisition system, which displays, data logs and retransmits the monitored concentrations and SO2 and CO2 ratio – in accordance with IMO regulations – without any manual intervention.

Scheme A or B?
Continuous monitoring of sulphur emissions is one of two methods that can be used to certify scrubbers, according to IMO guidelines; Scheme A and Scheme B. Scheme A demands initial certification of performance followed by periodic survey with continuous operating parameters and daily emission checks to confirm performance in service. Scheme B requires performance confirmation by continuous monitoring of emissions with daily operating parameter checks.

Many in the industry believe that Scheme B should be the single allowable method. Firstly, Scheme B gives complete and ongoing assurance of emissions at exit from ship, whereas Scheme A does not. In addition, if a CEMS is not fitted there is a potential risk that the indirect Scheme A method of monitoring system parameters could result in non-compliant emissions being undetected between daily emission spot checks – particularly undesirable in port and ECAs. Continuous monitoring of exhaust gas emissions is the only way to provide complete reassurance, no matter the type of scrubber system installed. Furthermore, any port state control inspection will be able to readily confirm emissions are compliant under Scheme B using MEPC 184(59) Table 1, whereas under Scheme A, cross reference of unfamiliar operating parameters will need to be made with those in the EGCS technical manual (ETM-A).

With regard to applicability of analysers, whilst CEMS for Scheme B must be approved according to MEPC 184(59), the daily spot checks required under Scheme A risk use of unapproved portable analysers that are neither ranged appropriately for a very low level of SO2 emissions (less than 20ppm) nor meet the performance specifications appropriate for the application. Due to the manual method of obtaining an emissions reading using a portable analyser, there is risk of an inconsistent and non-representative result, not to mention the associated safety risks if an access point to a hot flowing exhaust needs to be opened and a hand held probe inserted.

Reliable and mature technology
Unlike portable analysers, CEMS for SO2 and CO2 are a reliable and mature technology, with a number of commercially available marine systems approved according to MEPC 184 (59). To ensure ongoing emissions compliance it is vital to take into account 2015 ECA requirements and that there is already a need to meet a limit equivalent to using 0.1% sulphur fuel in European ports. CEMS must therefore be ranged appropriately to measure the low levels of SO2 that will be found in the exhaust stream i.e. less than 20ppm. The measured concentration should also fall between 15% and 100% of the measurement range used. This will ensure future proofed accurate monitoring and simplifies matters for ship operators (same analyser requirements regardless of where vessel is located). Simplicity really is key. At a time when crew members are being asked to undertake increasing responsibility to meet changing legislation; only robust, reliable tools and technology that need minimal maintenance and resourcing are viable.

Finally, the compliance argument centres around the provision of accurate and reliable measurement that provides a simple means of determining compliance, and the adoption of the same methodology regardless of vessel location, providing reassurance and clarity. The clock is ticking and whether shipowners and operators choose to switch between high and low sulphur fuel or install a scrubber, CEMS has a central role to play.

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