RIVER - Non-Carbon River Boat Powered by Combustion Engines

Project Summary

The EU recently adopted rules requiring limits to carbon emissions and type-approval of internal combustion engines for Non-Road Mobile Machinery (Directive 97/68/EC, 01/2017).

This set more stringent limits for emissions from inland waterway (IW) vessels. There is an urgent need for emission reduction due to stronger environmental standards aims. Replacing NWE’s ageing fleet with RIVER technology offers the potential for emission reduction. The objective of RIVER is to reduce or eliminate the pollutants from the polluting engines.  It is expected that 6600 engines on existing vessels will need to be replaced in 2018-50 and 2400 new vessels will come into operation.

RIVER aims to address these issues and to apply an Oxy-fuel combustion technology for Diesel engines that eliminates NOx (part of the GHG), and to capture, store all CO2 emissions and reduces fuel consumption by up to 15%. The project includes 9 partners from 5 MS and 5 associated.

Partners experienced in CSS, Oxyfuel engine, treatment of CO2, Engine’s control and IWT. Partners will use the research into engine control from the Interreg 2 Seas project SCODECE and results on IWT from PROMINENT EU project to support their work in RIVER. This technology will then be tested, demonstrated and embedded on an existing vessel operating in the UK. A small-scale lab transforming CO2 into bio-solvent will be implemented and a feasibility study for a large vessel will be carried out during the project. 
At the end of the project, NOX of the equipped vessel will be reduced at 194 kg, 24 t/year CO2 will be avoided and the consumption reduced by 1500 l/year.  After ten years, a European campaign through the network linked to this technology involving IW Operators, National authorities and Engine manufacturers will ensure that hundreds of boat retrofits will be achieved.  The retrofit of 300 medium size boats expected resulting in the reduction of 21000 t/year CO2 generating few hundred (in)direct jobs.

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
YNCREA Hauts de France 13 rue de Toul
abdel.aitouche@yncrea.fr www.yncrea-hautsdefrance.fr
Name Contact Name Email Country
University of Bedfordshire Jun Peng Pengzhijun@yahoo.com United Kingdom
Stichting STC group Omrine Wilson O.I.Wilson@stc-r.nl Netherlands
Cleancarb Peter Dooley pdooley@pt.lu Luxembourg
Canal & River Trust Chris Barnett chris.barnett@canalrivertrust.org.uk United Kingdom
Université de Picardie Jules Verne Ahmed El Hajjaji hajjaji@u-piardie.fr France
Centre de Conseil et d’Innovation en Logistique-Transport &Logistique Robin Poté robin.pote@critt-tl.fr France
ECE Engine Control Electronics GmbH Uwe Bernheiden uwe.bernheiden@e-c-e.eu Germany
DST Entwicklungszentrum für Schiffstechnik und Transportsysteme e.V. Berthold Holtmann holtmann@dst-org.de Germany


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Investigation of Oxyfuel Combustion on Engine Performance and Emissions in a DI Diesel Engine By Raouf Mobasheri & Abdel Aitouche & Boualem Bakir, Department of Energies, Electricity and Automatic, CRIStAl-HEI – Yncréa HdF, Using oxyfuel combustion enables the increasingly expensive and complicated NOx after-treatment systems to be completely eliminated. It also offers good fuel economy and very low levels of particulate emissions. However, using pure oxygen instead of air, will accelerate the combustion process. With the heat release rate dramatically increased, it takes much shorter time to complete the entire heat release process. With such a high heat release rate, the flame temperature is expected to increase by around 500-800K. This necessitate a set of countermeasures to avoid overheating problems. Read More

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CARBON CAPTURE AND USAGE (CCU): CONVERTING WASTE CO2 INTO USEFUL PRODUCTS Seeking out profitable pathways to high-value added chemicals and materials made from the unwanted gas By the Laboratory of Sustainable Chemistry and Health, Yncréa Hauts-de-France: Alina GHINET, Adrian NICA & Germain HOMERIN Read More

Yncréa specialise in system design and control development. Yncrea through the chemical department has developed a technology which will be able to treat the CO2 in future use.
University of Bedforshire has experience in development of diesel engine and the implementation of oxyfuel combustion necessary for CSS. An academic demonstrator will be tested inside this institution.
Canal & River Trust is a national public authority which can offer experience on the technical and operational specifications and manage the trials of technology in an existing workboat.
This SME has a long experience on-board oxygen production system, which is suitable for oxyfuel combustion in diesel engines.
Has wide experience in monitoring/evaluation project and inland vessels.
Has been working since 25 years to develop and experiment solutions in IWT and implementation of new business models in transport.
This SME will support engine fuel supply and combustion system development.
Is an international research institute which will contribute to the integration of the oxyfuel combustion technology and CSS in inland vessels.
is an expert in the exhaust energy recovery. This technology seems to be more and more of interest by vessels as an efficient way to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions.

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