USC Symposium on Evolution of Maritime Fuels, Ship Speed and Operational Efficiency

The interest in methanol as marine fuel is clearly growing. During July this summer a symposium on maritime fuels was arranged at the University of Southern California where alternative fuels, such as methanol, was discussed in combination with the impact on the engines, the economics of shipping and on the ports. 

This meeting was a collaboration between the USC Sea Grant Program, the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and USC’s Paul Hall Endowment for Marine Transportation Studies.  The Loker Institute has studied methanol for many years, led by Professors George Olah and Surya G.K. Prakash whose book, Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy, has inspired other researchers to examine how methanol might practically be substituted for traditional fuels.

The presentations from the meeting are available online at the USC Dornsife website [Direct link].

The PROMSUS workshop that was arranged in Gothenburg, Sweden during May of 2014 gathered professionals from both the industry and academia to discuss methanol engine technology and methanol production in the context of use as marine fuel.


I’m happy to present the resulting reports from the three discussion groups. 


One of the results from the PROMSUS workshop has now been finalized in the form of a short presentation folder. A number of copies are to be distributed during the Almedalen Week in Visby June 29th to July 6th. The folder is also available as a PDF to be downloaded from this website. 

[Direct link to the folder


The folder, the workshop program and presentations can be found by going through thePublication menu, or by clicking here


While it’s not really news that MAN will supply engines to the seven Waterfront Shipping methanol ships, some interesting reading about the engines can be found on MAN’s website. Why not spend a little of this summer reading time on it? 


[Direct link]

MAN Global Website  

During the past week the PROMSUS workshop was organized in Gothenburg, Sweden. With the vision of Nobel laureate George A. Olah’s Methanol Economy as well as the current conversion of M/S Stena Germanica and the seven new buildings for Waterfront Shipping in mind some 40-delegates from all over the globe assembled in Gothenburg to discuss methanol engine technology and sustainable methanol production. 

Delegates from both academia and industry with specialities from engine technology, methanol production and carbon capture together and in groups discussed the future of methanol production and the use of methanol as energy carrier and shipping fuel. 

A report from the workshop will be made available as soon as it has been finalized. 

In addition to the two day working group an open seminar with some 80 delegates arranged in collaboration with Enterprise Europe Network concluded the workshop.

Presentations from the first day can now be downloaded [Direct link]
Presentations from the third day seminar is also availible [Direct link]

Both can be found at the Publication section

The PROMSUS workshop was partly financed by the Swedish Energy Agency and organized by ScandiNAOS AB, Wärtsilä, Stena Rederi and Chalmers University of Technology.