Södra announced that they will start production of biomethanol at the pulp mill in Mönsterås, Sweden. The facility is scheduled to be completed by spring 2019 and have a capacity of 5000 ton biomethanol annually.

The investment of about 100 million SEK (10 million €) will refine crude methanol produced in the pulp process. The biomethanol produced till be fully made of forest residuals and a 99 % CO2 neutral fuel.

Södra press release [link]

On June 15th the GreenPilot project arranged a seminar in Gothenburg to present how the project has progressed during the past year. Other speakers were also invited to widen the scope of the presentations.

The presentations held during the seminar can be downloaded through the links below or from this section on the site.

The seminar was arranged by SMTF, Scandinaos, SSPA, Swedish Transport Administration, Swedish Maritime Administration and Lighthouse.

f3, Fossil Free Fuels - Johanna Mossberg
The research carried out within f3 includes both syntheses of current research on production and use of renewable transportation fuels, and supplementing system oriented research related to different parts of the entire renewable fuels value chain.

Towards fossilfree transport 2025 in Öckerö Council - Stanley Olsson
The municipality of Öckerö, in the northern part of the archipelago of Gothenburg, consists of ten inhabited islands. Can battery powered vessels help the municipality reach fossil free transports by 2025?

Latest developments in the GreenPilot project and visit on the GreenPilot boat
GreenPilot - Aim and Background – Bengt Ramne
GreenPilot - Engine conversion – Thomas Stenhede
GreenPilot - Adjustments and safety measures – Joakim Bomanson
GreenPilot - Environmental Performance – Patrik Molander

The objective of the GreenPilot project is to demonstrate that introduction of methanol as a fuel for smaller ships can improve competitive power and reduce the environmental impact.

High Efficiency and Clean Methanol Engines - Martin Tunér, MOT2030 Project, University of Lund
MOT-2030 is a research project at Lund University with the aim to explain how methanol and methanol mixtures behave in partially premixed combustion (PPC) engines.

Prospects for future sustainable fuels in shipping - Julia Hansson, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

MethaShip - Daniel Sahnen

The MethaShip project involves Lloyd’s Register (LR), German shipyard Meyer Werft and German shipbuilder FlensburgerFlensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) will assess the feasibility of building new methanol-powered vessels.

Two designs, one for a cruise ship, and one for a ro-pax ferry will be developed during the three year project.

The FReSMe Project, From residual steel gases to methanol - Magnus Lundqvist
FReSMe project, funded by H2020 EU program, aims to demonstrate the whole process that enables the CO2 captured from the steel industry to produce methanol fuel that will be used as fuel in the ship transportation sector.

The SUMMETH Project – Powering cleaner shipping on coastal and inland waterways - Joanne Ellis, SSPA

The Sustainable Marine Methanol, SUMMETH, intends to investigate methanol combustion concepts and ship fuel systems that will lead to cost effective alternatives for ship operators to reduce their emissions and carbon footprint.

The GreenPilot project reached a significant milestone in May 2017 when the methanol engine was started in the boat for the first time. Since then the engine has had more running on some trial runs and at the quay. Results have so far been very promising with no significant problems encountered. 

Load response works well and a significant improvement of the life on board is the much lower sound from the methanol engine.

Of course, testing is still in early days and it will take some time to get a better understanding of how everything works together and collect data for more reliable results. 

In addition to testing the boat the project was present at Nor-Shipping 2017 where the Scania engine was on display in the Swedish pavilion. The engine attracted much interest and many visitors were informed of the possibilities of using methanol as fuel. 

Manufacturers generally produce methanol from natural gas-derived syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Direct hydrogenation of carbon dioxide would be a more efficient and environmentally sustainable route to methanol. But practical catalysts capable of making this reaction happen on an industrial scale have been unavailable.

Javier Pérez-Ramírez of ETH Zurich and coworkers now demonstrate a catalyst that supported the process under conditions similar to those required for industrial production.

Read more on C&EN, Chemical & Engineering News 

[direct link to article]

Vacancies on the surface of a ZrO2-supported In2O3 catalyst play a key role in converting CO2 to CH3OH.
Credit: Adapted from Qingfeng Ge & Javier Pérez-Ramírez

 The MAN paper Diesel Facts has published an article that describes the MAN-LGI methanol dual fuel engine and the advantages with using methanol as fuel. The engine is the one used for the seven methanol tankers operating for Waterfront shipping described earlier. Click on the image to read the article or follow the link below to download the whole paper or previous issues. 

 Download the whole paper or previous issues from MAN [Direct link]