Alfa Laval has teamed up with fuel cell maker Blue World Technologies, DFDS, Maersk Drilling and Hafnia to test methanol as fuel and explore the technology’s potential as a source of marine fossil-free auxiliary power systems.
The aim is to develop, test and verify a highly efficient fuel cell solution that would give marine vessels a realistic alternative to combustion-based auxiliary power in the near future, Alfa Laval said.
The fuel cell system will use renewable, carbon-neutral methanol as fuel, enabling clean operations with very limited emissions. Methanol is one of the most promising fossil-free fuels available.
”We believe that fuel cell systems will have a larger role to play in the future X-to-Power landscape. However, there are a number of potential fuel (X) pathways, so we need to have a broad perspective on this area,” says Sameer Kalra, president of the Marine Division.
According to the company, methanol is one of the most promising fossil-free fuels available.
Testing will take place at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre in Denmark and is expected to be completed within one year.