A workshop to be hosted by the GLEAMS (Glycerine Fuel for Engines and Marine Sustainability) project team aims to answer this question.
The event will take place on 27th February 2014 at Lloyds Register in London. The GLEAMS Project is co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board and MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory with the objective to validate and certify the use of glycerine as a marine fuel.
Glycerine has some extremely attractive advantages as a marine fuel, being non-toxic, bio-degradable, water soluble, non-volatile and with a very low flammability rating combined with minimal environmental pollution impact. Its presently used to fuel standard diesel-engine Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generators, but its use as an alternative marine fuel promises to provide significant benefits.
The event will cover the work being done by the project on technological and regulatory issues and the testing of a glycerine fuelled diesel engine to a marine cycle specified by Lloyd’s Register. Key areas covered during the workshop will include:
- Towards 2030 - Maritime technology trends - Ken Wittamore, Triskel Marine. Ken is a marine technology adviser with a particular interest in hybrid power. He has managed a number of collaborative EU R&D projects on behalf of the International Council of Marine Industry (ICOMIA). As a member of the EU Waterborne Technology Platform, Ken is editor of the new maritime research road map;Waterborne provides the primary input to the European Commission on strategic maritime research.
- GLEAMS project introduction - Simon Powell, Marine South East, Operations Director
- Alternative marine fuels for today and the future - Tim Wilson, Lloyd’s Register, Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service - Principal Specialist
- The ‘true cost’ of fuel and glycerine; its potential for marine use - John McNeil, Consultant to Aquafuel Research Ltd, physicist and inventor of the ‘McNeil Cycle’.
- The vessel operator and engineer’s viewpoint’ for this alternative fuel - Mark Bobby, Marine Manager, Gardline Geosurvey
Presentations will be followed by a facilitated discussion session , and the workshop will be followed by a networking reception.
To attend the event you will first need to register as a member of the GLEAMS ‘Interest Group’. Membership of the Group is free of charge and can be done here: http://groupspaces.com/GLEAMSInterestGroup/join/