Mike Traver

Aramco Innovators

Meet Aramco innovator Mike Traver who examines carbon capture for marine transportation.

Mike Traver's first love was airplanes and as a child he explored all the mechanical systems on cars, trucks, ships, and planes.

Now he is a senior engineer at the Aramco Research Center-Detroit who chairs the Transport Workstream for the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative.

With an aptitude for math and science, Mike says he was always interested in mechanical things, so after high school he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute to study mechanical engineering. He later earned a master’s degree and doctorate in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University.

He has always been drawn to alternative energy and engine technologies. His senior project for his undergraduate degree was a solar powered aircraft, and his graduate work focused on diesel engine combustion and emissions.

Aramco innovator Mike Traver
During the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, Traver discussed a marine carbon capture feasibility study conducted by his OGCI team and leading tanker shipper Stena Bulk.

After graduate school, he began his career working in a small research lab in Ohio.  Quickly he learned that the real action was near Detroit, the heart of the automotive industry, and he joined German engineering services provider IAV. There, he worked on diesel engine development for passenger cars, heavy trucks, and off-road machines and became a manager of a business unit with 25 employees along the way.

At Aramco, he recently worked with a team to build a heavy-duty truck that can capture around 40 percent of the CO2 emissions from its exhaust.

During the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, Traver discussed a marine carbon capture feasibility study conducted by his OGCI team and leading tanker shipper Stena Bulk. It showed it is technically feasible to outfit ships with mobile carbon capture systems as the industry looks to find decarbonization pathways.

“We’ve found a high-level of interest from ship-owners and operators to explore the potential of carbon capture,” said Traver.    

The next step will be to carry out a demonstration project to gather data from a real-world application as researchers think about how to scale up the technology and handle the unique characteristics of vessels.

It is the challenge and natural curiosity that drives Traver and others in Aramco’s global R&D network.

“Sustainability has become a priority for us as a society and I take great pride in what I do.  It’s an enormous challenge, and it makes for an absolutely fascinating career," he said.
 
Read the marine carbon capture feasibility study conducted by his OGCI team and leading tanker shipper Stena Bulk

Aramco innovator Mike Traver
During the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, Traver discussed a marine carbon capture feasibility study conducted by his OGCI team and leading tanker shipper Stena Bulk.