The Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre in Aalborg, Denmark will soon be expanded to five times its current size. This development is focused on LNG and other alternative fuels, will address new challenges and possibilities for marine customers as they strive to meet environmental and energy targets.
Opened nearly two years ago, the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre will be expanded with an additional 1100 m2, dedicated to environmental and combustion technology in burners and heating systems for vessels using LNG and other alternative marine fuels. The wider operations are expected to begin at the turn of the year 2016-2017.
“LNG and other fuel alternatives will play a key role in meeting the marine industry’s environmental and energy challenges,” commented Peter Leifland, head of Alfa Laval’s Marine & Diesel Division. “Through the expansion of the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, we will support this shift with cutting-edge technology development.”
As Leifland suggests, the expansion of the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre is in step with the new direction being taken by many ship owners. In just 15 years, it is expected that 7000 vessels will be sailing with LNG.
“This is a remarkable change, driven in part by the successive tightening of NOx and SOx regulations by IMO,” said Bodil Nielsen, Test & Training Centre Manager. “LNG is an attractive solution, because it reduces NOx by 85-90% and virtually eliminates SOx.”
By moving from petroleum-based fuels to LNG, vessels can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% overall.
The expanded facility will be unique, where environmental technologies for all types of fuels can be tested. The expansion of the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre is supported by the Danish Maritime Fund. It will also provide new opportunities to collaborate with customers and cooperation partners.
Combined with the centre’s unique physical capabilities, deepened collaboration will strengthen Alfa Laval’s position as the marine expert in environmental and fuel technology. “Alfa Laval is the only company in the world to offer the complete package of environmental and combustion-optimizing systems for the shipping industry,” says Jørgensen. “Because we contribute to so many vital aspects on board, we are fortunate to have many who wish to be involved with our research and development.”
“The Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre today is a focal point for advanced development of diesel fuel systems and related environmental technologies,” adds Bodil Nielsen. “With the new expansion for gas, it will have the same strong role when it comes to LNG and other fuels. The gas revolution is here, and Alfa Laval will be at the cutting edge.”
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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