MAN gets help developing ammonia-fueled marine engine
Jack Burke15 April 2021
2 min read
Terms were not released
Trafigura Group, an independent commodity trading company, is
co-sponsoring the development of MAN Energy Solutions ammonia-fuelled
engine for maritime vessels. The fuel-flexible, two-stroke ammonia
engine is expected to be commercially available for large-scale
ocean-going ships by 2024, followed by a retrofit package to make
existing maritime vessels capable of running on ammonia by 2025.
According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), maritime
shipping emits around 1056 million tons of carbon dioxide per year and
is responsible for around 2.9% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
Without mitigation, emissions are projected to grow by as much as 130
percent in 2050, compared to 2008 levels.
“Shipping faces a significant challenge in reducing its emissions,
while at the same time the threat of climate change requires urgent
action to decarbonize,” said Jose Maria Larocca, executive director
and co-head of Oil Trading for Trafigura. “Developing engines and the
supporting infrastructure to provide the industry with the ability to
adopt carbon-neutral and carbon-free fuels is key to establishing a
greener shipping industry in the near future.
“By co-sponsoring the MAN Energy Solutions two-stroke ammonia-fueled
engine we are committing ourselves to cross-industry collaboration to
bring forward the urgently needed technologies for the maritime energy
Dr Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions, said the final goal for
two-stroke engines is to run them entirely on carbon-neutral and
“We welcome Trafigura’s support for this key decarbonization
technology,” Lauber said. “The interest from shipping companies – and
indeed from all links in the entire marine supply chain – in new
fuel-technologies currently has great momentum, however the move to
green engines also depends on economic realities. No shipping company
can risk having its fleet stranded during this transition, which is
why we offer flexible solutions that will allow shipping to adapt to
the availability of carbon neutral fuels in the market.”
Bjarne Foldager, senior vice president and head of Two-Stroke Business
at MAN Energy Solutions said several, independent reports have
recently called for new types of partnership within the maritime
sector that not only link traditional players.
“This closely aligns with our own strategy of cooperating with
external partners to develop sustainable technologies,” Foldager said.
“MAN Energy Solutions has a convincing track-record in developing
engines running on alternative fuels, having developed the world’s
first oceangoing ships driven respectively by LNG, methanol, ethane
and LPG. In this context, ammonia is a very interesting candidate as a
zero-carbon fuel and MAN Energy Solutions is fully committed to the
development of technology that exploits alternative, clean fuels.”
“Building on independent in-depth research and with the knowledge that
we currently have, we believe that hydrogen-based fuels will
ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future. To get there we
urgently need a significant IMO-led global carbon levy on marine fuels
to encourage and incentivize the use of low and zero-carbon fuels by
making these cost neutral compared to the higher emitting fuels that
we know of today. Trafigura will also continue to sponsor and invest
in other, promising decarbonization fuels and technologies that can
help us towards reducing our own – and the industry’s – fuel emissions
over time,” said Rasmus Bach Nielsen, global head of Fuel
Decarbonization for Trafigura.
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