2015-02-20 Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) announced awarding Ionada Incorporated a grant of $1,100,000 for the Marine Clean Air Membrane Scrubber business. SummitRG is an Industry Consortium Member that is working on this project.
Ionada Incorporated — Marine Clean Air Membrane Scrubber
Environmental Benefits: Climate Change (co-benefit)/ Clean Air (primary)
Economic Sector: Transportation
SDTC Investment: $1,100,000
Total Project Value: $3.5 million
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has imposed global emissions regulations upon the shipping industry, necessitating reduced emissions of sulphur oxides by 2015. Ship operators face a choice: switch to expensive lower-sulphur fuel alternatives or use currently available heavy fuel oil and install a scrubber on their vessel to clean the exhaust and remove the sulphur oxides. Scrubbing is the most cost-effective means for the industry, but some scrubbers have proven very difficult and expensive to install or retrofit into existing vessels. Enter Ionada’s Ionic Capture Technology (ICT), a marine scrubber that removes sulphur oxides through the use of dry membrane gas separation and salt water or ionic liquids. The technology has the added benefit of being 30 percent more energy-efficient than widely available devices and 50 percent smaller, avoiding onboard chemical, waste or water storage requirements, and it has a less complex configuration, which makes it easier and more cost-effective to retrofit shipping vessels.
- Ionada Incorporated
- Ryerson University
- SummitRG Business Development Services
- Canadian Steamship Lines