On Wednesday and Thursday, MI’s Greg Dolan, Chris Chatterton and Eelco Dekker participated in a workshop to launch the GreenPilot Boat project in Sweden. Funded by the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Methanol Institute as part of the SUMMETH program (Sustainable Marine Methanol), the plan is to test three different 450 Kw engines in the pilot boat over the next year, with engines from China’s Weichai supplied by MI member FiTech, Scania and Volvo Penta. The workshop featured presentations by ScandiNAOS, Stena Lines, Wartsila, Marinvest, Chalmers University, Lund University, Ghent University, Lulea University, VTT, and FiTech.
MI’s Greg Dolan provided an overview of the global methanol industry’s interest in marine fuels and sought feedback on the E4tech research recommendations around shipping. Stena’s Per Stefenson noted that Stena Lines had now received six international awards for its work to convert the Stena Germanica to methanol fuel operation, with now three of four Wartsila engines running on methanol and the fourth to be converted in September. Toni Stojcevski from Wartsila summarized the findings from their work on the engine testing that went into the Germanica conversion, and on-going development testing to further reduce emissions. Several of Europe’s leading academic researchers presented papers on their latest work on methanol fuel developments, including work funded by MI to optimize a Scania engine to methanol operation led by Paivi Aakko-Saksa of Finland’s VTT. FiTech CEO Kam Pui Koo discussed his company’s efforts to develop methanol engines for light- and heavy-duty road vehicles as well as marine vessels.
One of the highlights of the two-day session was a photo-op in front of the GreenPilot Boat, along with a converted SAAB running on methanol, a racing motorcycle fueled with methanol, and featuring the Stena Germanica steaming towards is Gothenburg dock and bunkering station.