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Alfa Laval to deliver the world’s first methanol-fired steam boiler solutions

Alfa Laval to deliver the world’s first methanol-fired steam boiler solutions
Alfa Laval's Aalborg boiler solutions are future-ready and designed for compatibility with methanol (photo courtesy Alfa Laval).

Sweden-headed Alfa Laval AB, a global provider of heat transfer, separation, and fluid handling products has announced the expansion its portfolio of alternative fuel solutions for the marine sector with the introduction of methanol-fired Aalborg boiler systems that offer fuel flexibility, accommodating a wide range of fuel types including methanol.

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According to a statement, this addition marks a significant milestone in the marine industry as it will be the first time a methanol boiler will be installed onboard a ship.

Fuel flexible and future-ready solution

Alfa Laval’s Aalborg boiler solutions are specifically designed with decarbonization and fuel transition in mind driving the marine industry’s transition to carbon-neutral green methanol with its methanol-capable solutions.

Besides operating on today’s fuels, including low-sulphur fuels, biofuels, and LNG, it is designed for compatibility with methanol and other emission-reducing fuels.

Alfa Laval’s “ready boiler” concept provides a future-proof platform, allowing for easy adjustments to the existing burner and boiler pressure section as needed.

Our boiler solutions are designed to meet the growing demand for sustainable shipping and ensure readiness for today’s and tomorrow’s emission-reducing fuels, including methanol. Having been pioneers in delivering steam boilers for LNG, we are pleased to be the first to support our customers in their fuel transition with our methanol-fired boilers, said Jeppe Jacobsen, Head of Global Sales, Heat & Gas Systems, Alfa Laval.

Advanced technology for substantial fuel savings

Irrespective of the fuel choice, Aalborg boiler solutions ensure substantial fuel savings through exceptional thermal efficiency and the utilization of the innovative Turbo Clean, intelligent (TCi) technology.

The TCi cleaning process not only enhances efficiency but also guarantees a prolonged boiler service life.

Alfa Laval has rigorously tested boiler operations with methanol at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre in Aalborg, Denmark since early 2021.

In November 2021, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) granted Alfa Laval the first marine Approval in Principle (AiP) for operating boilers on methanol.

In less than two years, Alfa Laval is ready to deploy methanol boiler solutions for some of the largest shipowners, driving the adoption of boilers for alternative fuels across the maritime industry.

The Alfa Laval FCM Methanol, fuel supply system, and a wide range of heat exchangers for methanol have long been proven at sea.

With the addition of the Aalborg boiler for methanol, Alfa Laval says that it is “supporting shipowners in the design of methanol-fuelled vessels.”

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