2021-03-18 Product news
Alfa Laval joins Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping as Strategic Corporate Partner
Alfa Laval and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping announced that they have formalized a strategic collaboration on the development of zero carbon solutions for the maritime industry by signing a Strategic Corporate Partnership Agreement by which Alfa Laval becomes an official partner to the Center.
The collaboration will revolve around the development of low- and zero carbon technologies through joint projects and activities including (but not limited to) the development of systems needed to handle new green fuels or solutions to improve overall energy efficiency. It is expected that some joint activities will be carried out at the Alfa Laval test facilities.
The collaboration is already operational through the recently announced SOFC4Maritime, a project targeting optimal utilization of future green fuels via the application of SOFCs for power production on marine vessels, funded by the EUDP.
“Decarbonizing shipping requires a system change. This can only be achieved through comprehensive collaboration across maritime and energy sectors. Alfa Laval share our vision of a zero-carbon maritime industry and acknowledgement of the vast effort required to get there. In joining the Center, they bring onboard vital experience and knowledge enabling the Center to establish the overall narrative of the transition as well as initiate projects and activities that will accelerate the development of tomorrow’s solution. We truly look forward to the collaboration.”
Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
“Collaboration with industry experts like Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is vital to achieve a shift towards more sustainable solutions. We need a common view of the roadmap for the shipping industry, and we will bring our individual expertise to the table to drive and accelerate the development,” says Sameer Kalra, President of the Marine Division. “One of the latest projects ‘SOFC4Maritime’ (for solid oxide fuel cells) is just one example of activities which we look forward to working on together.”
Sameer Kalra, President, Alfa Laval Marine Division
Alfa Laval will also be joining the Center’s Advisory Board providing strategic and technical guidance to Center activities going forward.
“We are proud to join Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping and look forward to working actively with its team of competent partner companies. Innovative collaboration between marine experts is the clear way forward because we must arrive at marine-adapted solutions. Working in partnership, we will realize solutions that pave the way for carbon-neutral shipping in a manner that is practical and economically viable,”
Søren Helmuth Jensen, Senior Vice President, Alfa Laval Marine Division
Shipping's road map to decarbonization
Global shipping accounts for around 3% of global carbon emissions, a share that is likely to increase as other industries tackle climate emissions in the coming decades.
Achieving the long-term target of decarbonization requires new fuel types and a systemic change within the industry. Shipping is a globally regulated industry, which provides an opportunity to secure broad-based industry adoption of new technology and fuels.
To accelerate the development of viable technologies a coordinated effort within applied research is needed across the entire supply chain. Industry leaders play a critical role in ensuring that laboratory research is successfully matured to scalable solutions matching the needs of industry. At the same time, new legislation will be required to enable the transition towards decarbonization.