A seminar was held in Göteborg to introduce the recently initiated GreenPilot project and present the status of methanol as a marine fuel. SSPA is a partner in the project, which has the goal of converting a pilot boat to methanol operation to show how a methanol conversion of a smaller vessel can be carried out in practice and to demonstrate the emissions reductions that can be achieved.
The lunch-to-lunch seminar included presentations on topics including production of methanol from biomass, methanol combustion research, experiences from the first newbuilding project with methanol as a marine fuel, and the conversion of the Stena Germanica ferry to methanol operation. Methanol is a sulphur-free clean-burning alcohol that has reduced emissions of harmful particulates and nitrous oxides as compared to conventional marine fuels.
GreenPilot project partners include the Swedish Maritime Technology Forum (administrative coordinator), ScandiNAOS (technical coordinator), SSPA Sweden, the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Swedish Transport Administration. The project is co-funded by the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Methanol Institute.
More information on the GreenPilot project and the seminar can be found at the project website www.greenpilot.se
Methanol as an alternative fuel for smaller vessels
Methanol also a good alternative for smaller ships operating on coastal and inland waterways, but has yet to be tested in these applications. SSPA is coordinator of a new project, “Sustainable Marine Methanol”.
A study for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) on the use of methanol and ethanol as marine fuels has been completed by SSPA, together with sub-contractor Lloyds Register. The study evaluates the potential of these alternative fuels as solutions for shipping to meet more stringent emissions requirements.