The EU-funded LNG PITCH4 project is developing and testing a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank for seagoing vessels, to help the shipping industry reduce dependence on heavy fuel oil and reduce pollution.
Although LNG is generally regarded as a clean-burning fuel that produces relatively low carbon dioxide emissions, it contains harmful methane gas. Thus, the key to developing a low-carbon LNG industry is to reduce the methane emissions associated with the production, transportation, and liquefication of natural gas.
THE MULTIPHASE WAVELAB
The key outcome of the LNG PITCH4 project is the Multiphase Wavelab. Located at MARIN in Wageningen, Netherlands. The wavelab testing ground is available to companies, academia, and other relevant stakeholders for experimental LNG applications.
In addition to the use of the wavelab, companies have access to the results of the entire process, and to the network of partner universities and large companies. The testing ground offers prospects for research and innovation for liquid hydrogen as a clean, compact energy carrier for transportation.
TOTAL INVESTMENT AND EU FUNDING
Total investment for the LNG PITCH project is EUR 1 006 115, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 91 202 through the “East Netherlands” Operational Programme for the 2014-2020 programming period. The investment falls under the priority “Shift towards a low-carbon economy”.