Home' Work Boat World : November 2009 Contents Technology is now available to provide a cleaner fuel burn in
engines using diesel and fuel oil.
In what the company says is a major breakthrough, Fuelstar Fuel
Combustion Technology, an Australian company, has adapted its
product for use in boats and ships.
In providing a more complete fuel burn, internal engine operating
surfaces are kept far cleaner. This has particular significance for
exhaust heat exchangers and turbo blades, the new product greatly
prolonging intervals between maintenance for these and other
components. As a consequence, maintenance costs are reduced, as is
costly downtime. Significantly, the intervals between top end refits
and major engine rebuilds is likewise extended.
The product also substantially reduces exhaust emissions of
Greenhouse gases, soot and smoke. The reduction in CO2 emissions
alone can amount to thousands of tonnes per annum. The
reduction in the emission of soot and smoke can be helpful in the
case of vessels carrying passengers or perishable goods.
The more complete fuel burn results in a significant fuel saving,
normally in excess of ten percent. The Fuelstar product has been
installed in more than 200 boats and ships worldwide.
The overriding feature is that the Fuelstar system is virtually
cost free in the sense that the cost is recovered from fuel savings
many times over.
For further information contact:
Fuelstar Fuel Combustion Technology, Australia.
Aftermarket product from Fuelstar prolongs engine life
November 2009 WORK BOAT WORLD
Fuelstar says its product prolongs the life of heat exchangers and turbo blades
while cutting emissions
Advances in MARINE ENGINES and PROPULSION SYSTEMS
In early October, at Germany's Stuttgart
Hydrogen Exhibition, the world's first
so-called "Zemship" (zero emission ship),
'FCS Alsterwasser', was presented with
the silver "f-cell" award.
The innovative hybrid fuel cell drive
which lies at the heart of the new Alster
steamship was produced by Proton Motor,
an expert in fuel cell and hybrid systems.
This year, the Baden-Württemberg
Ministry for the Environment and the
Stuttgart Region Economic Development
Corporation, together with EnBW, presented
the f-cell award, which was endowed by
the region of Baden-Württemberg, for the
The objective of the award is to
recognise outstanding developments in the
area of fuel cells and to stimulate further
innovations in this sector. More than 20
companies, scientific institutions and
individuals entered in the running for the
innovation award. A jury assessed the
projects on their technological concept,
level of innovation, market potential,
economic viability, how they would impact
on other sectors and any benefits for
society and the environment.
The jury was particularly impressed with
the practical focus of development of the
Zemship and presented the ship with the
silver f-cell award and 5,000 euros (US$7,300).
At the end of August the Zemship,
supposedly the world's first fuel cell-driven
passenger ship, went into service in
Hamburg. Under the leadership of the
Urban Development and Environment
Authority for the Free and Hanseatic City
of Hamburg, Proton Motor and eight
partners brought together and applied their
specific know-how to the project, which
was funded by the European Union. Proton
Motor developed the 48kW PM Basic A 50
maritime fuel cell system to provide the
Alster steamer with a zero-emissions
and silent power and integrated it, along
with a lead gel battery, into the ship as a
The system was therefore designed
to include redundancy and it can even
be operated on more demanding
trips, e.g. in flowing water, without
releasing any emissions at all, according
to the company.
As the world's first fuel cell system in
this performance class, Proton Motor's
system is certified for use on ships by
"The f-cell award is excellent recognition
of our work," says Anno Mertens, Zemships
project manager at Proton Motor. "But
above all it emphasises that future
technologies are increasingly gaining in
importance and that it is already possible to
successfully use such technologies in
everyday applications. We and our eight
partners are very proud of that."
For further information contact:
Proton Motor, Germany.
'FCS Alsterwasser' "Zemship" presented with the silver f-cell Award
'FCS Alsterwasser' -- the world's first "Zemship" or
fuel-cell driven zero-emissions passenger vessel
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