This Interest Group is run by Marine South East Ltd to raise the awareness of ongoing work to introduce cleaner alternative fuels to the marine sector. It also provides a link for vessel operators, companies in the supply chain and other interested parties to participate in the development and…Show More
This Interest Group is run by Marine South East Ltd to raise the awareness of ongoing work to introduce cleaner alternative fuels to the marine sector. It also provides a link for vessel operators, companies in the supply chain and other interested parties to participate in the development and commercialisation of these alternative fuels.
Membership of this group is free and enables you to see further information. To join click the green 'Join' button on this page.
Rising fuel costs, emissions regulation and concerns about carbon emissions are severe challenges for marine vessel operators and their supply chains. To overcome these barriers, vessel owners are looking towards ‘clean’ marine fuels. The main driver for this are regulations limiting nitrogen and sulphur oxides (NOx and SOx) emissions. In the longer term, shipping will be required to reduce its carbon footprint.
Several alternative marine fuels are being used, trialled or developed. These include Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), Biofuels and Methanol with other sources being considered. ( www.lr.org/en/news-and-insight/articles/future-marine-fuel.aspx ). All have pros and cons to their use and there is no single solution for the marine market.
One such fuel is Glycerol, a by-product of biodiesel production which can also be obtained through algal harvesting. In 2014, the GLEAMS Project ( www.groupspaces.com/GLEAMSInterestGroup/ ) concluded that Glycerol is a viable low emissions alternative fuel for marine use. It's non-toxic, clean burning and safe characteristics are of particular value to a number of applications. The GLEAMS 'End of Project Summary' can be viewed under the 'Files' tab.
A European Project to pilot the use of Glycerol in an operational marine environment is now underway. Updates from this project will be provided to members of this Interest Group.
Another ‘clean’ substitute is being developed as an alternative to Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO). Plaxx® is made by recycling end of life residual plastic waste using a process developed by Swindon based Recycling Technologies Ltd (RT). Across the EU 25 million tonnes of waste plastic is produced annually with only 26% being recycled. The remainder is incinerated or sent to landfill. This is an increasing problem occurring globally. RT’s process produces a clean and more sustainable ultra-low sulphur hydrocarbon substitute for fossil-based HFO. It also provides further environmental benefits by boosting the global recycling rate and reducing transport distances for the raw materials.
In the current project phase Recycling Technologies is working with Ricardo Ltd, Lloyds Register, World Fuel Services and University of West of England to assess the performance of Plaxx® versus HFO and MGO when used in an engine of the type and scale typical for marine power generation or propulsion. Further information on the work undertaken so far can be viewed under the 'Files' tab.
The next phase commences in mid-2017 and the project seeks owner/operators who would be interested in participating in operational trials of Plaxx® aboard their vessel. Initially this could be to fuel one of the generators of a ship’s auxiliary power system.
If you are a vessel owner/operator who would like to discuss participating in this or are a member who would like further information on Plaxx® please contact Marine South East LtdShow Less