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GFR demos a fishy first

GFR demos a fishy first
Green Fuels Research (GFR) has successfully demonstrated the use of unblended sustainable marine fuel (SMF) made from salmon farming waste in a Beta Marine B14 engine (photo courtesy GFR).

Green Fuels Research (GFR), the R&D arm of UK biofuel technology developer Green Fuels Ltd, has successfully demonstrated the use of unblended sustainable marine fuel (SMF) at Eglwys Nunydd Reservoir near Port Talbot, South Wales.

The fuel, which was derived from salmon farming waste, was used in a Beta Marine B14 engine aboard a motor launch maintained by C-Fury Ltd.

The 100 percent renewable fuel demonstration was the culmination of the Sustainable Aquaculture Leading to Marine Opportunities (SALMO) project, a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initiative supported by the UK Department for Transport (DfT).

We are thrilled to have proved today, in UK waters, that this truly sustainable hydrocarbon is comparable in properties to marine distillates and suitable as a drop-in fuel for marine engines, without modification to propulsion or fuel systems, and without additives or restrictions on blend percentages, said Dr Paul Hilditch, Chief Strategy Officer at GFR.

The project, a collaboration between GFR, the University of Cardiff, and Lancaster University, addressed two challenges: decarbonization of UK shipping and sustainable management of animal by-product (ABP) waste from UK aquaculture.

From a technical standpoint, the fuel is in compliance with sulphur ISO/PAS 23263 for petroleum products (Fuels class F), an important consideration for fuel suppliers and users in view of the implementation of the maximum 0.50 percent sulphur limit since 2020.

Additionally, the fact that it is derived from waste ensures that the end-product is highly sustainable and fully biogenic, and thus a truly zero-carbon fuel.

This has been an exciting day for us, and we hope that our accomplishment today will help to dissipate any concerns from shipowners about engine compatibility, fuel stability, or safety, commented Simon Mcloughlin, Managing Director for C-Fury.

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