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Strategies for introducing methanol as an alternative fuel for shipping

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LeanShips (Low Energy And Near to zero emissions Ships)
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Although waterborne transport is an energy efficient means of transport, its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is growing and pollutant emissions are high relative to other forms of transport. Emission legislation on the other hand is catching up by introducing strongly reduced emission limits in the upcoming years, which leads to an urgent need for alternative ways of fueling waterborne transport. In the Horizon 2020 “LeanShips” project, the use of methanol as an alternative fuel for shipping is studied in one of its demonstrators. In the demonstrator, a high speed marine diesel engine is converted for methanol use. This paper discusses the rationale for methanol as an alternative fuel for marine transportation, different possible strategies for operating vessel engines on methanol, their pros and cons, and the approach taken within LeanShips, namely dual fuel operation with methanol port injection. The potential of methanol concerning energy efficiency and pollutant emissions is discussed, as well as other demonstration projects on methanol and next steps for methanol engine developments.
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methanol, internal combustion engines (ICE), LeanShips, alternative fuels, retrofit solution

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Dierickx, Jeroen et al. “Strategies for Introducing Methanol as an Alternative Fuel for Shipping.” 7th Transport Research Arena TRA 2018 (TRA 2018). Vienna: Ghent University, 2018. 1–10. Print.
APA
Dierickx, J., Beyen, J., Block, R., Hamrouni, M., Huyskens, P., Meichelböck, C., & Verhelst, S. (2018). Strategies for introducing methanol as an alternative fuel for shipping. 7th Transport Research Arena TRA 2018 (TRA 2018) (pp. 1–10). Presented at the 7th Transport Research Arena TRA 2018 (TRA 2018), Vienna: Ghent University.
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Dierickx, Jeroen, Jorne Beyen, Rudi Block, Michel Hamrouni, Pieter Huyskens, Christoph Meichelböck, and Sebastian Verhelst. 2018. “Strategies for Introducing Methanol as an Alternative Fuel for Shipping.” In 7th Transport Research Arena TRA 2018 (TRA 2018), 1–10. Vienna: Ghent University.
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Dierickx, Jeroen, Jorne Beyen, Rudi Block, Michel Hamrouni, Pieter Huyskens, Christoph Meichelböck, and Sebastian Verhelst. 2018. “Strategies for Introducing Methanol as an Alternative Fuel for Shipping.” In 7th Transport Research Arena TRA 2018 (TRA 2018), 1–10. Vienna: Ghent University.
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Dierickx J, Beyen J, Block R, Hamrouni M, Huyskens P, Meichelböck C, et al. Strategies for introducing methanol as an alternative fuel for shipping. 7th Transport Research Arena TRA 2018 (TRA 2018). Vienna: Ghent University; 2018. p. 1–10.
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J. Dierickx et al., “Strategies for introducing methanol as an alternative fuel for shipping,” in 7th Transport Research Arena TRA 2018 (TRA 2018), Vienna, 2018, pp. 1–10.
@inproceedings{8583233,
  abstract     = {Although waterborne transport is an energy efficient means of transport, its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is growing and pollutant emissions are high relative to other forms of transport. Emission legislation on the other hand is catching up by introducing strongly reduced emission limits in the upcoming years, which leads to an urgent need for alternative ways of fueling waterborne transport. In the Horizon 2020 “LeanShips” project, the use of methanol as an alternative fuel for shipping is studied in one of its demonstrators. In the demonstrator, a high speed marine diesel engine is converted for methanol use. This paper discusses the rationale for methanol as an alternative fuel for marine transportation, different possible strategies for operating vessel engines on methanol, their pros and cons, and the approach taken within LeanShips, namely dual fuel operation with methanol port injection. The potential of methanol concerning energy efficiency and pollutant emissions is discussed, as well as other demonstration projects on methanol and next steps for methanol engine developments.},
  author       = {Dierickx, Jeroen and Beyen, Jorne and Block, Rudi and Hamrouni, Michel  and Huyskens, Pieter and Meichelböck, Christoph and Verhelst, Sebastian},
  booktitle    = {7th Transport Research Arena TRA 2018 (TRA 2018)},
  keywords     = {methanol,internal combustion engines (ICE),LeanShips,alternative fuels,retrofit solution},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Vienna},
  pages        = {1--10},
  publisher    = {Ghent University},
  title        = {Strategies for introducing methanol as an alternative fuel for shipping},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/ZENODO.1456425},
  year         = {2018},
}

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