Alfa Laval in cooperation with fuel cell maker Blue World Technologies has announced plans to start testing a marine fuel cell system based on methanol.
The testing will take place at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre in Denmark, exploring the technology’s potential as a source of marine fossil-free auxiliary power systems.
The project is supported by DFDS, Maersk Drilling and Hafnia.
As explained, the aim is to develop, test, and verify a highly efficient fuel cell solution that would give marine vessels a realistic alternative to combustion-based auxiliary power in the near future.
The fuel cell system will use renewable, carbon-neutral methanol as fuel, enabling clean operations with very limited emissions.
”We believe that fuel cell systems will have a larger role to play in the future X-to-Power landscape. However, there are a number of potential fuel (X) pathways, so we need to have a broad perspective on this area,” says Sameer Kalra, President of the Marine Division.
The test period is expected to be completed within one year.
The goal of the project is to contribute to the industry’s transition towards decarbonization in line with the IMO’s 2050 targets, Alfa-Laval pointed out.
The Swedish-based company is already looking into the role of methanol as a carbon-free alternative to the sector at its Test & Training Centre.
To that end, Alfa Laval has partnered up with MAN Energy Solutions, the Danish Technological Institute (DTI), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and biofuel producer Nordic Green.
Through joint research, the partners want to develop a methanol fuel system that can adapt to today’s marine diesel engines.
Furthermore, earlier this month Alfa Laval became a partner in the Swedish company Liquid Wind, which develops electro-fuel facilities to produce renewable clean fuels.
The consortium brings together Carbon Clean, Siemens Energy and Haldor Topsoe.
The company will contribute to the design of eMethanol facilities where heat exchangers will be installed as key components in the main system, as well as in the process steps of green hydrogen, carbon capture and methanol synthetization.
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