Danish international shipping and logistics company DFDS on Friday (4 December) said it invested in the start-up biofuel company MASH Energy in 2019 and MASH energy will soon be ready to ship their biofuel for testing.
The biofuel produced by MASH Energy will be tested on Alfa Laval’s test lap 4 stroke engine in Aalborg, Denmark. Alfa Laval is a long time collaborative partner of DFDS, it said.
The upcoming tests are part of the ShippingLab project – a joint project where partners solve maritime challenges that are too big to handle by anyone on their own.
DFDS explained MASH energy produces biofuel from leftover nut shells after harvesting in India.
Their second generation biofuel is made from pyrolysis, a process where organic materials are chemically decomposed at elevated temperatures without oxygen.
The biofuel is a B11 blend, consisting of 11% biofuel and 89% DMA (Marine Diesel). It’s 100% ISO8217 and RMG180 compliant, meaning it’s officially fit for use on ships.
“Biofuel is a clean energy source and can be used in combination with other fuels, to fire up engines. On its own, it’s not the most ideal way for shipping to decarbonise, due to the availability of biowaste for its production and the price – it’s roughly four times the price of fossil fuels today,” said DFDS Innovation Lead Jakob Steffensen.
“But it is a very good way for us to reduce our environmental footprint here and now, as it requires minimal/no changes to our ships.”
“Working with biofuel towards the goal of reducing emissions from fossil fuels is very interesting,” added Nicolai Gjetting Andersen, Superintendent, DFDS’ Technical Organisation. Andersen is one of two DFDS’s members of MASH energy’s Board.
“Biofuel is generally becoming a large commodity and is in the long run one of the interim solutions towards reducing CO2 emissions. Unfortunately, existing legislative framework does not support this and biofuel does not currently have a positive impact on DFDS’ CO2 emissions.
Following successful trials, DFDS said the next goal is testing the B11 biofuel on its vessel Pearl Seaways. DFDS has recently been granted the permission to carry out this test from the Danish Maritime Authority.
Photo credit: DFDS
Published: 9 December, 2020
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