German marine engineering firm SAL Heavy Lift has launched hydrogen / methanol injection technology FS MARINE+ system to reduce its fleet emissions.

Developed in collaboration with Fuelsave, FS MARINE+ system significantly reduces emissions of CO₂, SOx, NOx and other particulates.

To cut the emissions, FS MARINE+ system infuses a mixture of oxygen, hydrogen, water and methanol into selected parts of the air intake of the main and the auxiliary engines.

The mixture undergoes a thorough combustion process, which helps to reduce the consumption of primary fuel, emissions and air pollution.

FS MARINE+ generator helps to cut SOx emissions by 15%, CO₂ by 10%, NOx by 30%-80% and particulate emissions by 40%.

SAL Heavy Lift chief technology officer Sebastian Westphal said: “SAL has always been a frontrunner when it comes to innovation and we are dedicated to making shipping more efficient and cleaner by using technologies that create a long-lasting effect.”

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“We have tested a prototype on a generator engine of our MV Annette over more than two years with very convincing results. The FS MARINE+ system not only achieved significant fuel savings but also emission and air pollution reductions, which were verified by third parties both during field trials and in laboratory tests.”

Apart from SAL Heavy Lift and Fuelsave, EcoTune Marine, Classification Society DNV GL as RO for Antigua and Barbuda flag, M.A.C. System Solutions, AVL, Carl Baguhn and MAN Energy solutions also participated in the development of the new solution over the last four years.

Fuelsave CEO Marc Sima said: “With this system, we are driving the clean fuel transition with a high impact solution. It can optimise the energy consumption and the environmental impact significantly, irrespective of what fuel type you operate your vessel with. Thus, it is applicable to MDO, MGO, HFO, LSFO, as well as LNG.”

After successful testing, the new and advanced FS MARINE+ hydrogen / methanol injection solution has entered the next stage of validation. The solution will be deployed on six SAL ships as a permanent installation.

Initially, SAL will retrofit the FS MARINE+ system to its vessel MV Trina during the first quarter of 2020. After that, five more ships will adopt the technology.