EPS selects Goodfuels for marine biofuel bunker trial

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The successful bunkering, which took place on Friday, 9 October in Dutch waters, is in line with EPS’ Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Policy. The policy calls for the testing and use of various alternative marine fuels to significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions today.

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NuScale and Prodigy sign MoU for marine-deployed generating station powered by NuScale SMR

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NuScale Power and Prodigy Clean Energy , a Canadian company that designs and develops marine nuclear plants, announced a second Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support business development opportunities for a marine-deployed nuclear generating station powered by the NuScale Small Modular Reactor (SMR). Prodigy specializes in integrating commercial SMRs into marine power plant systems for coastal power generation.


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ICCT life-cycle analysis finds no climate benefit in using LNG as marine fuel

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However, the use of scrubbers has recently come under intense scrutiny and is undergoing regulatory review due to concerns about both the reliability of these systems to deliver consistent air pollution compliance and because of the water pollution produced by open-loop operations.

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Wärtsilä & PSA Marine complete initial sea trials for autonomous Intellitug

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Joint project between Wärtsilä and PSA Marine sees first commercial Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship (MASS) trialled in Port of Singapore waters. The technology group Wärtsilä and PSA Marine have successfully completed initial sea trials for the “IntelliTug” project.

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All American Marine launches new hybrid catamaran

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All American Marine recently launched the Waterman for Kitsap Transit. USCG Subchapter T, hybrid-electric passenger vessel was designed by Glosten in Seattle, and will serve as a water taxi, transporting 150 passengers between Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Annapolis Washington. Featuring BAE’s HybriDrive system, the Waterman is the second hybrid electric vessel built by All American Marine, the first being the Enhydra , WorkBoat’s 2018 Boat of the year.

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Ricardo and alkaline fuel cell company AFC Energy collaborate on hydrogen applications for marine, rail and stationary

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Ricardo plc and AFC Energy plc, a leading provider of hydrogen power generation technologies, signed a collaboration agreement on the joint creation of hydrogen fuel cell product and service offerings, with an initial focus on marine, rail and stationary power generation.

Wärtsilä, PSA Marine begin IntelliTug trials in Port of Singapore

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Following the installation of a first-of-its-kind Dynamic Positioning (DP) system onboard the harbor tug PSA Polaris , Wärtsilä, in collaboration with PSA Marine, is carrying out trials of the autonomous tug in the Port of Singapore under real-world conditions. The Wärtsilä and PSA Marine IntelliTug project is also supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. —Bernard Wong, Head of Fleet Management at PSA Marine. Autonomous driving Ports and Marine

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KAUST team devises electrically-driven membrane process for seawater lithium mining

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Furthermore, the process possesses further potential for optimisation, and for its combination with seawater desalination to create innovative designs under the energy-water nexus scheme, which will further improve the process profitability. Batteries Materials Mining Ports and Marine Water

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EU research project IDEALFUEL seeks to develop marine low-sulfur heavy fuel oils from biomass; Bio-HFO

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In an EU-funded research project, an international consortium is aiming to develop new production methods for sustainable marine fuels to replace heavy fuel oils in shipping. However, HFOs are banned in the national waters of many countries. In addition, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is seeking to ban HFO use in Arctic waters. Biomass Europe Fuels Ports and Marine

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National Marine Manufacturers Association endorses use of isobutanol in marine fuel market

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has identified biobutanol as a suitable and safe alternative biofuel to ethanol. Multiple reports show that ethanol blends greater than 10% can cause significant damage to marine engines. As a result, the marine industry has explored biobutanol fuel blends with promising results. We believe that the marine industry will be an important market for Gevo's isobutanol. Biobutanol Ports and Marine

Rolls-Royce and Robert Allan present world’s first LNG-powered shallow-water push boat

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Rolls-Royce and Canadian vessel designers Robert Allan have developed the world’s first shallow-water push boat powered by LNG natural gas engines. —Christof von Bank, Director of Sales, Marine & Offshore Americas. Emissions Fuels LNG Ports and Marine

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UCSD/Sapphire team shows marine algae can be engineered to perform as well as fresh water algae to produce enzymes and biofuels; removing the constraint of fresh water

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have demonstrated for the first time that genetically engineered marine algae can be just as capable as fresh water algae in producing industrially relevant products such as enzymes or biofuels. The scientists engineered marine algae to produce five different kinds of industrially important enzymes; they suggest the same process could be used to enhance the yield of petroleum-like compounds from these salt water algae.

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Gulf MARINE fuel with isobutanol meets new biofuel recommendations from National Marine Manufacturers Association

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Gulf Racing Fuels announced that its Gulf MARINE biofuel with isobutanol ( earlier post ) is one of the first fuels on the market to comply with the recent biofuel recommendations issued last week by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). Gulf MARINE fuel is made with Gevo-supplied isobutanol at a 12.5% The new recommendations come after five years of extensive marine industry testing of fuel containing isobutanol.

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Study finds marine workboat engines staying in service two times longer than estimated by EPA; emissions reduction implications

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DTF and EDF’s new report, “ Impact of Updated Service Life Estimates on Harbor Craft and Switcher Locomotive Emission Forecasts and Cost-Effectiveness ”, completed by Ramboll Environ, found the average Category 2 workboat remains in service for 50 years, instead of the 23-year lifespan estimated by the EPA in the 2008 Heavy Duty Locomotive and Marine Rule. Starting in 2015, new diesel engines used in marine applications in the United States were required to meet Tier 4 emissions standards.

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PowerCell, Siemens to partner on development of marine fuel cell systems; integration into BlueDrive

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They are low-noise and are based on the almost unlimited availability of water as a resource. In June, a power generating system based on PowerCell’s fuel cell stacks and developed by PowerCell’s Norwegian joint venture Hyon, received the first approval in principle for a fuel cell-based power generating system for marine vessels. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Ports and Marine

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Oleophobic hydrophobic magnetic sponge selectively soaks up oil, sparing water and wildlife

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A Northwestern Engineering-led team has developed a highly porous smart sponge that selectively soaks up oil in water. With an ability to absorb more than 30 times its weight in oil, the sponge could be used to clean up oil spills inexpensively and efficiently without harming marine life.

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Marine Corps Showcases Experimental Forward Operating Base; Focus on Water and Power Generation

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Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Conway and other Marine and Navy leaders recently toured technical demonstrations by nearly 30 commercial vendors at the first Experimental Forward Operating Base (ExFOB) at Marine Corps Base Quantico. Aside from its ecological and cost benefits, Conway’s directive to reduce consumption, like the Secretary of the Navy’s “green” initiatives, can extend a Marine unit’s sustainability. Reducing resupply needs also keeps Marines safer.

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UC San Diego receives $35M in state funding for new hydrogen-hybrid coastal research vessel

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The design is scaled so the ship will be able to operate 75% of its missions entirely using a non-fossil fuel—hydrogen—with only pure water and electricity as reaction products. Fuel Cells Hybrids Hydrogen Ports and Marine

DOE announces marine and hydrokinetic open data effort

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In an effort to improve future data management and access, DOE’s Water Power Program is establishing a Marine and Hydrokinetics (MHK) Data Repository to manage the receipt, protection, and dissemination of scientific and technical data generated by DOE-funded awards.

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DOE awarding $35M to 11 projects for hydrokinetic turbine development; ARPA-E SHARKS

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The proposed RAFT, made up of multiple micro-turbines, has a modularized architecture with reconfigurable units, making it adaptable to different applications and marine environments. HydroMINE is safe for the marine environment, and extremely robust.

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New ABB Azipod D for electric marine propulsion requires 25% less installed power, boosts flexibility

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ABB has introduced a new offering, Azipod D, to its line of Azipod marine electric propulsion systems. This is partly due to the fact that the new hybrid (air and water) cooling helps reduce the thruster’s weight and directs more power toward propulsion of the ship, not cooling requirements. Motors Ports and Marine Vehicle Systems Azipod D. Click to enlarge.

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DOE awards $10.5M for next-generation marine energy systems

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million to support the design and operation of innovative marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems through survivability and reliability-related improvements. Projects funded under these awards will improve the survivability characteristics and reduce uncertainty regarding installation, operations, and maintenance of MHK systems operating in potentially harsh marine conditions, thus extending their lifespans and ultimately leading to a reduction in the cost of MHK-derived energy.

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Consortium proposes large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae (ICCM) as solution to global energy, food, and climate issues

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Members of the Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium (MAGIC), led by Duke University in North Carolina, have published an open-access paper in the journal Oceanography presenting the large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae (ICMM) as an answer to pressing global energy, food and climate security issues. Many arid environments in the world’s subtropical coastal regions provide an ideal setting for large-scale cultivation of marine microalgae.

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Borla Performance Industries developing muffler/membrane unit for exhaust water extraction with ORNL nanopore membrane technology

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Borla will combine this with its diesel exhaust technology to create a low-cost, novel system that doubles as a device to extract potable water from diesel and other internal combustion exhaust. The researchers at ORNL developed the membrane technology for applications such as gas separation, water purification, energy and water recovery from. The heat recovered could serve to preheat boiler feed water, thus providing an energy savings. Emissions Materials Water

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USC study shows promising potential for giant-kelp-based biofuel with depth-cycling approach

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physically moving the macroalgae between deep nutrient-rich water at night and shallow depths within the photic zone during the day to optimize growth. 13 C values suggesting that the depth-cycled kelp were not nitrogen-deficient and assimilated nutrients from deep water.

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Wärtsilä introducing first marine application of LNG-fueled version of world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel

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This will be the first marine application for the dual-fuel version. Wärtsilä will also supply its LNGPac fuel storage and supply system and an advanced Compact Silencer System (CSS), high quality bow thrusters, the ballast water management system (BWMS), and its Nacos Platinum integrated navigation system. The Wärtsilä BWMS is designed to render the ballast water discharge harmless of invasive species.

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US Maritime Administration to fund projects on reducing emissions from marine vessels, study on LNG bunkering

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The US Maritime Administration ( MARAD ) Office of the Environment has issued two funding opportunities; the first ( DTMA-91-R-2013-0020 ) will award up to an estimated $900,000 for up to 2 projects that demonstrate criteria pollutant emissions of carbon emissions reductions from marine vessels through repowering, re-engining, or using alternative fuel/energy. Of particular interest to MARAD is the use of natural gas (LNG or CNG) as a marine propulsion fuel.

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Turkey begins work on $15B Canal Istanbul

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Critics say it would destroy a marine ecosystem and endanger some of the city’s fresh water supply. Market Background Ports and Marine

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Moscow to introduce electric ships for river public transport; solicitation to open in September

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Water transport first appeared in the city in 1923. In 2006 regular water transport on the Moskva River stopped running—only leisure trips remained. Electric (Battery) Ports and Marine Russia Urban mobility

$1.6M UK project for next generation of Li-S batteries for marine autonomous systems

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million) to a consortium of UK companies and academic partners led by Steatite for the research and development of the next generation of Lithium batteries for marine autonomous systems. The mass density of Lithium Sulfur cells is very similar to that of water. Innovate UK will award £1.1 million (US$1.6

2015 189

Statoil greenlights $7B Mariner heavy-oil project in UK North Sea

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Statoil has made the investment decision to develop the Mariner heavy oil field development in the UK North Sea. The Mariner Field is located on the East Shetland Platform of the UK North Sea approximately 150 km east of the Shetland Isles. We are satisfied that we now are able to make an investment decision for a profitable development of the Mariner field. The contract award for the topside has been awarded to Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.,

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ARPA-E to award $22M to 18 projects to accelerate production of macroalgae for energy and other uses; MARINER

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The Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will award $22 million in funding to 18 projects as part of the Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) program. MARINER projects are to develop the tools to enable the United States to become a leading producer of macroalgae (seaweed). Category I MARINER projects. Marine Biological Laboratory – Woods Hole, MA. Category II MARINER Projects.

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Ocean Salinities Show an Intensified Water Cycle; Large Salinity Changes Will Eventually Influence Ocean Circulation

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A new study co-authored by CSIRO (Australia) scientists Paul Durack and Dr. Susan Wijffels finds evidence that the world’s water cycle has already intensified. The stronger water cycle means arid regions have become drier and high rainfall regions wetter as atmospheric temperature increases. This is further confirmation from the global ocean that the Earth’s water cycle has accelerated. Tags: Climate Change Water

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EPA Finalizes Rules for Category 3 Marine Engines

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its new rule for Category 3 marine engines—engines with per-cylinder displacement at or above 30 liters. By 2030, the domestic and international strategy is expected to reduce annual emissions of nitrogen oxides (NO x ) from large marine diesel engines by about 1.2 EPA is finalizing a change to the diesel fuel program that will allow for the production and sale of 1,000 ppm sulfur fuel for use in Category 3 marine vessels.

UQM expands marine applications with electric propulsion system for Mylne Bolt 18 yacht tender

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This marks the second marine application for UQM PowerPhase systems. The emerging electric and hybrid marine vessel market is a good fit for our power-dense electric propulsion systems which offer high power and efficiency in a small package. Designed as a yacht tender, it can hold a crew of six and tow water-skiers and wake boarders. This is the second marine application for UQM electric drive systems with ReGen Nautic.

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Alfa Laval acquires minority stake in an ship air lubrication technology company

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Alfa Laval, a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling, has acquired a minority stake in the Netherlands-based technology company Marine Performance Systems (MPS). Fuel Efficiency Market Background Ports and Marine Vehicle Systems

Maersk selects Wärtsilä HY Module hybrid solution for AHTS vessel conversion

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Wärtsilä will supply its Wärtsilä HY Module , a containerized hybrid battery power and energy storage system to Maersk Supply Service, the Denmark-based provider of offshore marine services and integrated solutions for the global energy sector. Hybrids Market Background Ports and Marine

Johnson Controls modifies automotive PHEV Li-ion batteries for marine application; Torqeedo Deep Blue

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Johnson Controls modified its Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) battery technology, making the product waterproof and resistant to salt water (IP67), for Torqeedo’s marine application. Johnson Controls, Inc. is slated to begin production this spring of Li-ion battery packs for Germany-based electric outboard motor manufacturer Torqeedo to power its electric boat motor, Deep Blue. Deep Blue. Click to enlarge. The Deep Blue motor delivers propulsive power of 29.7 kW (40.5

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ARPA-E awards $2.1M to Marine BioEnergy for open ocean farming of kelp for hydrocarbon biofuels

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Marine BioEnergy, Inc. Part of the gas can also be used to produce the hydrogen (by steam reforming and water-gas shift) needed to upgrade the biocrude via hydrotreating. Kelp does not grow naturally in the open ocean because it needs an attachment at ~ 5-25 meters depth and also needs key nutrients available in deep water or near shore but not necessarily available at the surface in the open ocean. was awarded $2.1

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US DOE Awards $37 Million for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Development

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 27 projects for more than $37 million in funding to accelerate the technological and commercial readiness of emerging marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies, which seek to generate renewable electricity from oceans and free-flowing rivers and streams. The 27 projects range from concept studies and component design research to prototype development and in-water device testing. Resolute Marine Energy, Inc.

Irving Oil and TransCanada to form JV to develop new Saint John Marine Terminal for Energy East pipeline

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Following TransCanada’s announcement to proceed with the development of the Energy East Pipeline that will transport western Canadian oil sands crude oil to Montreal, Québec City and Saint John ( earlier post ), Irving Oil and TransCanada announced they will form a joint venture to develop and construct the new Canaport Energy East Marine Terminal at Irving Canaport in Saint John.

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Volkswagen Marine Diesel Engines On Display at boot 2010; Greenline 33 Hybrid

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Volkswagen Marine will exhibit its marine diesel engine line-up at “ boot 2010 ” in Düsseldorf (23-31 January 2010). The Volkswagen Marine Engine Range spans 29 kW (40 hp) to 258 kW (350 hp) offerings, and includes four engine families with four, five, six and eight cylinders. Builders of large offshore sailing yachts like Oyster, Bénéteau, Jeanneau and Nautor are now installing specially adapted Volkswagen Marine “Blue Water Engines” into long-distance cruisers.

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Chevron to proceed with $4B Jansz-Io subsea compression project

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It is located around 200 kilometers off the Australian north-west coast at a water depth of approximately 1,350 meters (4,429 feet). Market Background Natural Gas Ports and MarineChevron announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Chevron Australia Pty Ltd.