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Thursday, June 24, 2021  (Comments: 1)

Wärtsilä has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Global Energy Ventures (GEV) of Australia, a company specialising in delivering compressed shipping solutions for transporting energy to regional markets, under which the two companies will cooperate on the inclusion of Wärtsilä propulsion systems in GEV’s compressed hydrogen (C-H2) ships.

The cooperation aims at advancing GEV’s Approval in Principle (AiP) application for a new 430t C-H2 vessel, and to demonstrate the availability of an efficient, low-emissions propulsion system for the vessel.

“We look forward to working closely with Wärtsilä on this project. We have shown that C-H2 shipping is ideally suited for exporting green hydrogen with a lower delivered cost and having a technology leader such as Wärtsilä with us, we can deliver a shipping solution that is completely sustainable,” said Martin Carolan, CEO, GEV.

Petteri Saares, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Marine Power, said: “This project is an important stepping stone along the journey towards a decarbonised maritime industry, something that Wärtsilä is fully committed to supporting. We are actively developing propulsion alternatives that can utilise future carbon-neutral fuels, raise efficiency levels, and which significantly improve environmental performance. This agreement with GEV is fully in line with our own ambitions.”

Compression delivers a proven, simple, and efficient method for transporting green hydrogen. It is a preferred solution for marine hydrogen transport but is often overlooked due to its lower volumetric energy density. The parties to the agreement believe that the C-H2 project will eliminate the technical barriers and deliver a solution which is superior to other transport alternatives.

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I set up a research programme some 30 years ago to improve combustion efficiency on propulsion engines by utilising emulsified fuels. With respect to Diesel engines the addition of water to diesel fuel via an emulsifier developed within the research activity resulted in NOx reduction of 80 to 90 percent and fuel reduction of anything up to 15percent.. CO2 reduction was also significant. Trials with boiler systems showed similar results as too did application to gas turbines. I even added an emulsifier to my home heating system resulting in an overall combustion efficiency of 90percent. One of my ex students directly involved in the research has recently installed the product on 8 Merchant ships with apparent successful results and obviously with my full support. If this monologue is of interest please contact me for specific details etc In passing for this and other engineering research I was awarded the Simms Gold Medal for outstanding research in engineering. Ray THOMPSON

By Prof R V Thompson on Thursday, June 24, 2021

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