American Power has partnered with Marine Fuel Conversions (MFC) to identify potential opportunities for its turbocharged natural gas dual-fuel solution in marine applications in Europe.

The parties will work to evaluate potential applications of the dual-fuel system for on-board prime and ancillary power, as well as port based stationary power applications.

Scotland-based MFC will fund and manage the feasibility and beta testing activities, which will be carried out for up to 15 months.

"We believe that APG’s dual-fuel solution is the most cost-effective and best dual-fuel conversion technology in the market today."

The University of Strathclyde’s Department of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Group will head the technical feasibility / commercialisation effort.

MFC will also work with Scottish Enterprise’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine Industry Group over potential funding sources.

Following the completion of the feasibility study and beta tests, MFC will sell and install the turbocharged natural gas dual-fuel solution in select marine applications and regions, as part of a multi-year sub-licence.

MFC founder and CEO Tom Galvin said: "We believe that APG’s dual-fuel solution is the most cost-effective and best dual-fuel conversion technology in the market today.

"We will be working with some of the world’s best minds in the area of marine engine design, modelling and engineering on this initiative."

American Power CEO Lyle Jensen commented: "We are excited to be working with Tom and his team to explore the multiple opportunities for our dual-fuel solution in marine applications.

"We also think the timing is right for forming this relationship as it has been recently reported that as of 1 January 2015, ships sailing on US, Canadian and European routes will be compelled to burn much cleaner and more expensive diesel fuel under new environmental regulations adopted by the International Maritime Organisation."