Alfa Laval and DSME work on LNG solutions
Alfa Laval is expanding its LNG offering with a patent license agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for the use of DSME’s patents on high pressure fuel gas supply systems.
The agreement enables Alfa Laval to use DSME patents with Alfa Laval Fuel Conditioning Modules for use on natural gas-powered ships, such as LNG carriers. The agreement also paves the way for Alfa Laval to adapt its fuel conditioning systems using DSME technology in order to use LNG as secondary or tertiary fuels aboard commercial ships of the future.
“The agreement strengthens Alfa Laval’s position as a reliable partner to LNG carriers and a leader in further developing fuel conditioning technologies for alternative fuels for marine propulsion,” said Roberto Comelli, business manager, fuel conditioning systems, Alfa Laval.
“We fully expect the development of LNG technologies to continue and the uptake of LNG to increase over the next decade, and Alfa Laval will be well-positioned to meet the demand,” added Niclas Dahl, market unit manager, marine energy, Alfa Laval.
In keeping with its strategy to support the use of LNG fuels with sound next-generation technology, Alfa Laval acquired CorHex, the Korean-based manufacturer of compact printed circuit heat exchangers (PCHEs), back in December 2014. These diffusion-bonded compact heat exchangers are good for, among other things, high-pressure LNG fuel gas applications.
Alfa Laval says the DSME licence agreement for LNG-based Fuel Conditioning Modules and the acquisition of CorHex heat exchangers further enhances its LNG portfolio, which includes inert gas generators, gas combustion units, burners, boilers and heat exchangers.
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