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Alfa Laval to explore methanol fuel cells for marine power
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Alfa Laval to explore methanol fuel cells for marine power

Alfa Laval will begin the testing of a new methanol fuel cell system to help produce sustainable marine power.

The separation solutions company said it will begin testing of a new innovative marine fuel cell system in cooperation with Blue World Technologies, DFDS, Maersk Drilling and Hafnia.

The fuel cell system will use renewable, carbon-neutral methanol as fuel enabling clean operations with very limited emissions with the test period expected to be completed within one year.

It is hoped that through testing at Alfa Laval’s test and training centre in Aalborg, Denmark, the methanol fuel cell system’s potential will be explored as a means to decarbonise the marine sector by providing fossil-free auxiliary power systems.

The project supports the International Maritime Organisations (IMO) ambition of targeting a 50% reduction of vessel-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Sameer Kalra, President of the Marine Division at Alfa Laval, said, “We believe that fuel cell systems will have a larger role to play in the future Power-to-X landscape. However, there are a number of potential fuel (X) pathways, so we need to have a broad perspective on this area.

“This collaboration includes major partners who each bring in unique expertise and is another example of Alfa Laval’s commitment to develop viable and sustainable Power-to-X solutions for our customers.”

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