Marine R&D enters a new era
The new test centre has added considerable muscle to Alfa Laval’s research and development efforts
Operations have started at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre in Aalborg, Denmark, which the company says is the beginning of a new era for marine R&D.
Located on the site of the former Aalborg shipyard, this massive ship simulation facility, has added considerable muscle to Alfa Laval’s research and development efforts. Plus, it will improve the company’s training offering.
One of the key aspects of the new centre is Alfa Laval’s drive to ensure cost-effective compliance with environmental legislation. Exhaust gas cleaning technology was the initial reason for building the facility and this is demonstrated by the large PureSOx installation, located at the test system’s heart.
“As emission caps approach, such as the SOx limits appearing in 2015, Alfa Laval is committed to helping customers meet them,” said Jens Peter Hansen, Alfa Laval R&D manager, exhaust gas cleaning. “Scrubber technology has already proven effective and commercially viable, and we will continue to refine exhaust gas cleaning through our work here at the centre.”
Apart from further development of PureSOx, the centre will be working with NOx reduction in association with Haldor Topsøe, focusing on selective catalytic reduction (SCR).
With a 250m2 testing area, the centre is built around a 2MW marine engine and comprising commercial and prototype equipment from all of Alfa Laval’s marine product groups.
The test centre’s process lines are full size and organised much as they would be on an actual vessel at sea, though connected to a unified control system. They comprise a fuel line, an integrated water line, a steam line and an exhaust line, as well as the heat exchangers and other auxiliaries needed to support them.
For the city of Aalborg, the start of operations at the centre has meant an immediate energy bonus. The power generated by the centre is fed into the local grid, while the facility’s excess heat is made available for district heating.
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