In a new paper published this week, Rolls-Royce and Svitzer compared the case for single fuel versus dual fuel methanol engines and concluded that while duel fuel engines allow for ‘fuel flexibility’, in the long run they are ‘a compromise which will not be the best option when the situation arises that green methanol becomes widely available and price competitive’.
The companies added that they ‘therefore see strong benefits in single fuel engines in the long term to provide completely CO2 neutral and simpler vessel designs’.
Svitzer and Rolls-Royce said that they are ‘convinced that methanol will play a big role in the decarbonisation of shipping’ – but added that: ‘Many factors are not given at the moment, such as the availability of green methanol. This makes it hard to take investment decisions as the future is not clear.’
Click here to view the paper, via Svitzer’s LinkedIn page.