Nov 14, 2023 | Maritime business news

Daphne Technology is establishing a new subsidiary in the US, the new company to be sited in Houston and headed by Jamie Brick.

Methane emissions are a significant environmental concern, and with tightening US regulations, the commercial need to address this issue has never been more pressing. Daphne Technology has positioned itself in the battle against methane emissions, and the establishment of Daphne Technology USA is a step toward its mission of making a tangible impact on reducing methane pollution.

Daphne Technology’s core focus is the development of sustainable solutions to combat harmful emissions. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies, the company aims to significantly reduce harmful emissions, contributing to a greener and more sustainable future. Its proprietary technology is recognised as leading the charge to reduce emissions from difficult-to-abate sectors. 

Among the solutions, SlipPure substantially reduces methane emissions in the exhaust of natural gas-fuelled engines.  Methane is 86 times more potent as a GHG than CO2 (over 20 years) and a significant contributor to global warming. This innovative solution has received Approval in Principle from organisations such as Lloyd’s Register (LR) and DNV, underscoring its effectiveness. Additionally, SulPure provides a post-combustion solution that not only reduces toxic SOx emissions but also produces valuable fertiliser. Meanwhile, PureMetrics is an advanced system that directly measures and reports real-time GHG emissions, ensuring accuracy and compliance with crucial regulations, including EU MRV and IMO DCS, further establishing Daphne Technology’s commitment to emissions management.

Brick, the newly appointed leader of Daphne Technology USA, has spent 15 years in the gas industry. Prior to joining Daphne Technology, he was at McKinsey & Company, where he played a crucial role in helping companies across the gas value chain develop decarbonisation strategies. Brick’s responsibilities encompass a range of initiatives, including supporting the SulPure H2S-to-AS demonstrator deployment, aiding in tapping into available US government support, and leading the establishment of manufacturing operations within the United States.

Brick said: “The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) penalties for methane are set to increase to US$ 1,500/t in 2026. Reported methane emissions are also expected to surge as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revises its methodology for calculating slip, potentially resulting in 5-6 times higher reported methane slip emissions. Additionally, as an economic aftermarket solution with few director competitors, SlipPure offers US gas compressors a compelling value proposition, especially when you consider the original technology was initially developed for the more demanding marine environment.”

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