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ALFA LAVAL ADOPTS MARINE ORGANIC RANKINE CYCLE PRINCIPLES

ALFA LAVAL ADOPTS MARINE ORGANIC RANKINE CYCLE PRINCIPLES

Thursday, November 25, 2021 

Alfa Laval and Orcan Energy have signed a cooperation agreement regarding sales of marine energy efficiency solutions based on Orcanís Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology.

Decarbonising the marine industry by 2050 will demand not only new fuels, but also new technologies and a new approach to meeting energy needs on board. Besides pursuing related development initiatives, Alfa Laval is establishing partnerships that it feels will speed the industry towards its decarbonisation and energy efficiency goals.

Founded in 2008, clean technology company Orcan Energy develops and manufactures ORC solutions for the direct conversion of waste heat energy into electricity. The company’s products can be found in a variety of industries and are said to be the most widely used solution for low-temperature waste heat recovery. Under the new cooperation agreement, the company’s technology will be marketed and sold by Alfa Laval to the marine market.

Alfa Laval, whose plate heat exchangers are an integral component of Orcan Energy’s products, will further develop and market the renamed ORC solutions as part of its comprehensive portfolio of marine equipment.

Lars Skytte Jørgensen (pictured), VP Technology Development, Energy Systems, Alfa Laval Marine Division, said: “As the marine industry pursues decarbonisation and transitions to new fuels, a wide range of technologies will be needed to boost energy efficiency and maintain the energy balance on board. The solutions must become available rapidly, which demands that we work together across the industry. Orcan Energy shares our determination to provide complete, reliable energy solutions to marine customers.”

Dr Andreas Sichert, CEO Orcan Energy, said: “Strategic cooperation is an important building block in our commercialisation strategy. Alfa Laval, as a trusted global supplier with more than 100 years of marine experience, is a strong partner and the right choice for implementing ORC technology in the marine sector. The partnership is having a major impact, supporting ship operators’ growing need for solutions to decarbonise their vessels.”

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