ShippingLab, a non-profit innovation and project collaboration for the partners in Denmark, will be developing an internationally recognised platform for testing and validating sustainable marine fuel solutions.
The development of the platform is supported by the Danish Maritime Fund.
The platform’s purpose is to assist the global transition towards sustainable marine fuels by creating a bridge between suppliers of sustainable fuels and the marine industry.
Behind the validation platform is a number of important stakeholders: Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, Alfa Laval, MAN Energy Solutions, DS Norden and A.P. Møller – Mærsk and biofuel supplier MASH Energy.
According to ShippingLab, the project aims to develop a permanent platform for testing and validation of green fuels, which will help suppliers of sustainable fuels better understand the needs and requirements of the shipping world.
The platform will facilitate a number of test and validation services for sustainable fuels in order to ensure that the required information within technical, regulatory, environmental and financial dimensions and demands is available to clarify if a potential sustainable fuel can become a product potentially traded in large volumes within the maritime industry. These services will be provided by existing test and validation facilities at either commercial or academic organisations.
The sustainable fuel testing and validation platform is going to be an open platform for existing and future test facilities both in Denmark and internationally.
Kjeld Dittmann, Chairman for ShippingLab has no doubt that the creation of the new platform will provide benefits for both the manufacturers of new fuels and the industry as a whole:
“It has been a true pleasure to follow the creation of the validation platform and how the initial dialog has matured to a setup of great benefit for the maritime industry. New sustainable fuels are needed, but in practice it is a great challenge to create a new product, and the partners in the project want to help make this easier.
The joint forces of the partners will ease the clarification on various directions and solutions. The validation platform will facilitate a joint effort and reduce the likelihood of missing out on solutions with high potential environmental and costs impact.
The transition to sustainable and climate neutral fuels for shipping is complex, and a platform that can reduce the uncertainty is of great importance for the potential suppliers of sustainable fuel solutions, but it equally provides the customers with insight and thereby ease the adaption of alternative fuels.”
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