U.S.-based lubricant manufacturer Lubrizol Corporation Thursday (28 May) said it has become the first lubricant additive technology supplier to join the Getting to Zero Coalition.
The Coalition is an international group currently endorsed by 14 governments and composed of more than 100 organisations and it aims to drive the development of commercially viable, zero-emissions deep-sea ships by 2030.
Lubrizol says it will bring a wealth of experience in lubricant and fuel research to the table.
It adds that it recently analysed IMO 2020-compliant VLSFO blends to develop a robust cylinder oil additive package to handle the widely varying properties of these fuels.
“Joining the Getting to Zero Coalition is an opportunity for Lubrizol to contribute to one of the most important challenges of our time,” says Simon Tarrant, business manager – large engines, with Lubrizol.
“It is also a chance to align with forward-thinking industry stakeholders to gain some insight into the engine and fuel solution challenges of the future.”
New fuels and enhanced engine design in preparation for the 2030 goal will bring new operating condition challenges, explained Lubrizol.
For example, while today’s lubricants must counter the corrosion caused by sulphuric acid in cylinders—the result of sulphur in fuel—new fuels will form different acids.
New lubricant formulations will therefore be needed to tackle any challenges that arise.
Lubrizol says its wider approach to sustainability aims to reduce both the environmental impact of making its products and the impact of the products themselves.
It takes a lifecycle analysis approach to sustainability decisions in order to identify genuine opportunities to reduce its impact and prevent shifting the environmental burden from one product, process or phase to another.
Photo credit: Lubrizol
Published: 29 May, 2020
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