“It is not tradition that matters, but using that long experience to meet the needs of today’s marine customers,” says Martin Hansen, business and market development manager, Alfa Laval.“Alfa Laval Aalborg solutions have pushed boundaries for a century, always bringing customers the new levels of reliability and efficiency they seek. The knowledge, resources and global service network we have built up give us a springboard for meeting the needs of 2020 and changing fuel operations.”
Delivering multi-fuel boiler solutions
On most vessels, the arrival of 2020 will mean working with multiple fuels. For a growing number of customers, this includes not only a wider spectrum of oils and oil blends, but also gases. By delivering solutions such as the multi-fuel Alfa Laval Aalborg OL, which can produce steam using both liquid and gas fuel types, Alfa Laval can accommodate the full range of their needs.
Developing for both liquid and gas fuels
The Aalborg OL and other multi-fuel Aalborg solutions build not only on Alfa Laval’s long experience, but also on close cooperation with customers, research institutions and regulatory bodies.
“We have developed gas solutions for all Aalborg boiler types at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, where we also test our boilers with compliant fuels,” says Tauriainen.
Helping customers adapt existing boiler solutions
Developing new technology, however, is not the only way Alfa Laval is preparing customers for the 2020 sulphur cap. The company is also helping them to modify their existing boiler solutions and to keep them operating effectively. That work extends from retrofitting Alfa Laval Touch Control, a next-generation graphical control system that provides full plant overview and intuitive boiler management, to supplying expert recommendations for adapting the boiler fuel line, or mitigating the impact of scrubbers on boiler performance.
“Alfa Laval has prepared system-specific solutions that ensure a safe and fuel-optimised boiler fuel supply, as well as strategies for keeping back pressure at the right level for optimal boiler performance, even after the boiler is connected to a scrubber.”
Looking ahead to continued innovation
By taking advantage of Alfa Laval Aalborg expertise, whether through new systems, or smart advice, customers can feel confident in their boiler solutions in 2020 and beyond. With solutions for the coming years already in hand, development will continue – at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, on board and elsewhere.
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