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Ammonia as carbon neutral fuel has high commercialising probability, says Korean Register

30 Jan 2020

The Korean Register (KR) on Wednesday (29 January) published technical information on the use of ammonia as an alternative marine fuel by comparing it to other different types of carbon-neutral alternative fuels.

The highly topical, free 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.

The IMO aims to reduce carbon dioxide 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 dioxide emissions and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) 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 also provides important details for shipowners and operators to consider, using a comparative analysis of the different types of carbon-neutral alternative fuels.

The table above shows the strengths of different fuel sources.

KR believes that ammonia is a carbon neutral fuel with a high probability of being commercialised. 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.

The technical information ‘Forecasting the Alternative Marine Fuel – Ammonia’ can be downloaded free of charge from the KR website.


Photo credit: Korean Register
Published: 30 January, 2020

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