Inspenet, November 17, 2023
Cummins is collaborating with partners in the UK on the development and application of a methanol conversion kit intended for an engine on board an Ocean Infinity offshore support vessel (OSV), in line with the maritime industry’s drive towards more ecological fuels.
The engine manufacturer revealed that its proposal to co-create a methanol kit for its QSK60 engine was chosen for funding under the Zero Emission Vessels and Infrastructure (ZEVI) competition, backed by the UK government. United and in collaboration with Innovate UK.
The funding, estimated at approximately $5.4 million, will go towards the deployment of a methanol conversion kit designed and manufactured in the UK specifically for a high-power marine engine, deploying it on one of Ocean Infinity’s 78-metre Armada hybrid OSVs. , which has a small crew.
Cummins and Ocean Infinity in close collaboration
The ship will serve as an enabling environment for Cummins to conceive, create and test its methanol technology, as well as dual fuel HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil), after announcing the approval of unblended paraffinic fuels, commonly known as renewable diesel, including HVO, for all of its high-power engines intended for various industrial applications earlier this year.
When completed in the second quarter of 2025, the project aims to achieve a 50% decrease in CO2 emissions during the ship’s offshore operations, Cummins said. Additionally, all retrofitted dual engines meet International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III emissions standards.
Other collaborators in this initiative are the Port of Aberdeen, which provides its facilities and services to carry out tests on the vessels and Proman AG, which contributes with its know-how in methanol production and the development of ultra-low methanol production. carbon.
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