American Power Group has partnered with Marine Fuel Conversions to evaluate APG’s dual-fuel system in marine applications including on-board prime and ancillary power as well as port-based stationary power applications.
MFC, which is based in Glasgow, Scotland, will be responsible for funding and coordinating all feasibility and beta testing activities necessary to determine how APG’s innovative Turbocharged Natural Gas dual fuel system can be commercialized in Europe for marine applications. The companies expect the feasibility/beta testing period to run between nine to 15 months. MFC will utilize Scotland’s University of Strathclyde’s Department of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Group to lead the technical feasibility/commercialization effort and will work with Scottish Enterprise’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine Industry Group regarding potential funding sources.
Upon successful completion of the feasibility study and beta tests, MFC has been granted a multi-year sublicense to sell and install APG’s Turbocharged Natural Gas dual fuel system in select marine applications and in select European countries.
Under the European Union emissions rules, from Jan. 1, 2015, all ships operating in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and English Channel will have to use a fuel with a maximum sulfur content of 0.1 percent.
Late last month global marine and offshore classification services provider ABS and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote maritime research and development in the areas of alternative/clean fuel and developing resilient, next-generation port systems.