Decarbonisation is a central and highly integrated part of developing sustainable technologies and solutions at MAN ES. However, as decarbonisation remains a global endeavour and one of the largest transitions within the maritime world, it will require a united maritime industry to question and evaluate the entire supply chain.
The Innovation Fund Denmark supports the AEngine project with the aim to design and demonstrate an ammonia-based propulsion system. MAN ES is the AEngine project coordinator and part of the cross-functional project team together with Eltronic FuelTech (fuel supply systems), Technical University of Denmark and the classification society DNV GL.
As an important step towards a carbon-neutral economy, MAN ES has joined forces with important players on the market in the launch of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping in Copenhagen. The combined global and cross-disciplinary effort will take us one step closer to the research required to highlight decarbonisation pathways. – Research, which can guide and accelerate the development of carefully selected decarbonising fuels. Furthermore, the global teamwork will support the establishment of vital regulatory, financial and commercial means to enable the transformation.
The future will see cleaner fuels, and the two-stroke engine technology will likely remain the prime propulsion motor for deep-sea shipping. Our engine portfolio shows that the MAN B&W two-stroke engines combust various fuel types. MAN B&W ME-C engines are based on future-proof technology that already can be retrofitted to run on LNG, LPG, ethane and methanol as fuel. The development of an engine type for ammonia supplements our extensive dual-fuel portfolio with an engine that will meet future market demands for CO2-neutral propulsion including retrofits.
The engine design and FSS configuration for ammonia will be based on the testing in 2021. MAN Energy Solutions works diligently towards offering retrofit conversions of existing two-stroke engines to ammonia, preferably accommodating the vessels’ five-year docking schedules after Q1 2025.