IoT-based ‘smart scrubber’ devices set for launch

Ecospray, a company specialising in maritime emissions R&D, is to partner with Berlin-based industrial IoT company relayr to create a range of new IoT-powered desulphurisation systems, or ‘smart scrubbers’, managed using artificial intelligence.

IMO regulations aimed at reducing sulphur oxide emissions came into force in January 2020, requiring the industry to comply with more stringent environmental regulations. To meet these demands, fleets have introduced various solutions, including the installation of scrubbers to remove SOx emissions, or using more costly alternative fuels such as very-low-sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO).

Ecospray’s collaboration with relayr is an attempt to create a new generation of digitally powered emission control equipment to provide new options to operators to meet this challenge.

Italian company Ecospray, part of Carnival Group since 2013, is already active in the maritime sector, offering systems aimed at making industrial processes more sustainable through the purification and treatment of pollutants, from emission removal to fuel saving and water filtration.

The integration of relayr’s internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies with Ecospray’s existing systems will allow the firms to create devices specifically designed to guarantee constant compliance with IMO regulations when it comes to SOx emissions.

In addition, the partners expect the systems to generate savings for users through improved remote monitoring and life cycle analysis, optimising pumping operations to reduce long term costs.

“Being part of Carnival Corporation has given us the opportunity to implement high-performance and reliable technological solutions in record time. We were enabled to gain experience across the entire fleet and unparalleled sailing experience, which has allowed us to build robust and use case specific innovations at speed,” said Stefano Di Santo, CEO of Ecospray.

“In the maritime industry, a fleet could include hundreds of ships, so the opportunities to build smart machines on such a large scale are literally endless.”

“The partnership with relayr allows us to confidently face the challenge of bringing the best of 4.0 technologies to the naval sector. The constant motivation that this project offers us on a daily basis requires a totally different and creative approach to problem solving.”

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