In order to realize the sustainability of greenhouse horticulture and to become climate neutral by 2040, the demand for CO2 delivery is increasing strongly. Transporting everything on the road outside the existing OCAP network can become a bottleneck. The Dutch project 'CO2 transport by water, the right way!' explores the possibilities of transporting CO2 by inland waterway vessel instead of by truck.
In this project the required technology of the vessel is examined, as well as sailing scenarios and the development of the regulations for inland navigation. The technical equipment at the loading and unloading sites is also included. For this, the supply of the Agriport A7 greenhouse horticulture area in Middenmeer is used as the starting point with the HVC waste energy company in Alkmaar as the first designated loading place. In addition, it's being investigated whether it's important to make the shore installations standardized. The goal is to establish whether the technology is cheaper and safer than other forms of transportation. First impressions indicate that this is a technologically and economically feasible innovation.
At present, the transport of liquid CO2 by inland vessel is in the development phase and is unique in the world. There are only four ships worldwide that transport liquid CO2. These are sea-faring ships, which proves that CO2 transport for inland navigation is something new. The project is also a great opportunity for the parties involved to acquire specialized knowledge and to come up with innovative sustainable solutions for inland navigation. For the Netherlands it's interesting because of potential destinations and loading places.
The project is being carried out by Schipco Consultancy B.V., including HVC, AEB, Linde Gas, Greenport Noord-Holland-Noord, Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Noord-Holland Noord, RINA Netherlands B.V., Noord B.V., Aqua Navis B.V., TNO, Cryovat B.V. and Glastuinbouw Netherlands are involved. It's financed by RVO.
source: Kas als Energiebron