Alfa Laval will start testing two new types of marine fuels; biofuels and methanol, in its Test & Training Centre in Denmark.
To make these non-carbon fuels commercially viable can have a big impact on the marine industry in its strive towards zero carbon shipping, says Alfa Laval.
The Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre in Aalborg, Denmark aims to adapt and develop equipment for the vessels’ engine rooms and support the industry’s journey towards decarbonization. The 2800 m2 testing space has been readied for testing biofuels and methanol. The tests will begin during the spring.
A number of fuel pathways are on the table in the transition towards zero carbon shipping but the knowledge about their impact on marine equipment solutions is limited. We want to extend that knowledge through testing
says Sameer Kalra, President of the Marine Division.
Since ships have a lifetime of 20 years or more, zero-emission vessels must begin entering the global fleet by 2030 for a 50% reduction to be achieved by 2050. It is predicted that in 2023 the world’s first carbon neutral liner vessel will be launched and that methanol-fuelled vessel will be ready for delivery in two years’ time.