The Lynx Separator removes liquids from gas and black carbon particles from combustion. The technology could greatly reduce shipping emissions.
The global shipping industry is responsible for significant emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur oxides (SOx), two major greenhouse gases.
Ships that emit NOx and SOx also emit large quantities of black carbon particles, which are linked to pulmonary diseases. The black carbon particles are small and not soluble in liquids, making them difficult to capture and remove with current technology.
InnSep has created the Lynx Separator, a technology which is able to remove harmful particles from a range of industrial processes.
The Lynx Separator is currently being trialled for cleaning exhaust gas from ships and for other offshore equipment. The technology has been successfully tested with hydrocarbons up to 60 bars at the Colorado Experiment Engineering Station (CEESI) in the US.
If proven successful, the Lynx Separator could be an optimal solution for capturing the elusive black carbon particles.
New regulations for shipping emissions are being put in place at the global level. The Lynx Separator could help ships to conform to the required standards without extensive overhauls.
Adoption of the lynx separation technology could also help to cut NOx and SOx emissions and reduce the rate of pulmonary disease.
By 2022, 70 000 ships across the world will require solutions like this technology.
The Lynx Separator can also be deployed in restaurant kitchens, to remove all fatty particles that cause fire hazards in the ventilation systems, as well as for a range of industrial processes.
InnSep AS was established in 2011. The company is a spinoff from the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.