Taking up the Battle against Exhaust Gases from Vessels
With support from The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation DTU Nanotech, A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Green Instruments, and Danfoss IXA A/S establish a development consortium which until 2014 will develop an entirely new and ground-breaking measuring system for exhaust gasses from ship engines.
From 2016 new regulations from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) demand that the emission of nitrous gasses NO and NO2 from ships must be reduced by 80% in costal areas. Such massive reduction requires simultaneous use of several reduction methods, and puts exceptional requirements on sensor systems that have to measure the complete emission.
The consortium will develop an entirely new and robust system that can measure the nitrous gases continuously, directly in the stack and extremely fast. On the basis of real time emission data from the new sensor system, the ship engines can be adjusted continuously in order to obtain optimal performance, i.e. lowest possible emission of harmful gasses and lowest possible energy consumption.
Technical Director at Danfoss IXA A/S Jens Møller Jensen, who is also managing the project, is pleased, “We have a powerful consortium here with high-tech, world-class knowledge from DTU Nanotech, years of practical experience with maritime measurement equipment from Green Instruments, the market’s most powerful representative A.P. Møller-Mærsk and Danfoss IXA’s extremely robust and patented measuring technology. This gives us a unique opportunity to bring Denmark in the absolute lead in this important area”.
To Managing Director Poul K. Sørensen from Green Instruments A/S this project is a milestone in the development of the company, “We receive a lot of enquiries from our customers about this type of equipment but we need a product that is especially developed for the harsh conditions on board ships. Now we have an opportunity to create that and at the same time this will significantly strengthen Denmark’s position within the sector of maritime technology”.
Technology Strategist from A.P. Møller-Mærsk Peter Ring adds, “NOx measurements have great potential within the area of energy efficiency onboard ships. This project just fits right into our vision of being the world’s most energy efficient and environmentally responsible shipping company and it will contribute to making Danish Shipping industry the most environmentally aware worldwide”.
”To DTU Nanotech this project means that we can both maintain and expand our position as a world leader within the development of unusual nano surfaces,” Mogens Jakobsen from DTU Nanotech concludes.
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