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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 

Korean Register (KR) has published technical information on the use of ammonia as an alternative marine fuel, comparing it to other different types of carbon-neutral alternative fuels.

The free topical guide covers the fuel's key features, industry trends and relevant technologies.  Detailed guidelines and analysis examines the future outlook for ammonia, providing much needed practical information at a time when IMO compliant fuel sources are in high demand. IMO aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030, and 70% by 2050, which reduces the viability of fossil fuels as compliance solutions in the long term. LNG is widely viewed as a next generation clean fuel, but it derives from a fossil fuel and still emits carbon dioxide when burned, limiting its use as a green fuel.

KR anticipates that in order to stay ahead of regulations on carbon emissions and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there will be an increasing industry shift to 'zero carbon' or 'decarbonised alternative fuels'. Examples of these fuels include: bio-diesel, methane, hydrogen, methanol and ammonia.

KR's new technical information provides important details for shipowners and operators to consider, using a comparative analysis of the different types of carbon-neutral alternative fuels. KR believes that ammonia offers a high probability of commercialisation. It is environmentally viable and in relation to other fuel options, does not require a high level of technical expertise when used as a renewable energy.

KR will be making Forecasting the Alternative Marine Fuel – Ammonia available free of charge from its website.

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