Alfa Laval starts marine biofuels testing at its Test & Training Centre
Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation, and fluid handling – has announced that it will start testing two new types of marine fuels; biofuels made from waste sources, and methanol, at its Test & Training Centre in Denmark.
In November 2020, the company announced that had readied its Test & Training Centre located in Aalborg, Denmark to play a key role in testing new types of fuels to adapt and develop equipment for the vessels’ engine rooms and support the industry’s journey towards decarbonization.
The 2 800 m2 testing space – already equipped for today’s oil and gas fuels – 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. It is our ambition to develop viable technology solutions in cooperation with other marine players so that our customers can achieve their climate goals irrespective of the selected fuel pathways, said 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 percent reduction to be achieved by 2050.