NORDEN and Kvasir Technologies, a spin-off from the Technical University of Denmark, are testing a plant-based biofuel as part of of ShippingLab – a joint industry initiative aimed at developing Danish expertise in the fields of digitalisation, autonomous shipping and environment-friendly technology.
‘At NORDEN, we want to drive the shipping industry towards a cleaner future. If we are to truly make a difference, testing fuel alternatives is the right starting point,’ explained Henrik Røjel, Fuel Efficiency and Decarbonisation Manager at NORDEN.
‘The collaboration with Kvasir is highly welcomed, both as part of our aim to be a front runner in the decarbonisation agenda and because companies thinking outside the box is a necessity in the process of finding the solutions of tomorrow.’
Kvasir Technologies is focused on transforming the part of biomass known as lignin and using it in fuel production. Often seen as a waste product, lignin can be found in large quantities, allowing for a high degree of scalability compared to other feedstocks.
The new collaboration with Kvasir Technologies is part of NORDEN’s strategy to find alternatives to using fossil fuel. In September 2018, the company was the first to conduct a test voyage on a large ocean-going vessel powered by CO2 neutral biofuel.
‘NORDEN wants to be a front runner in this phase of experimentation and help gather intelligence that will hopefully make a positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions and help the industry reach the ambitious goal for 2050 set by the International Maritime Organization,’ said Røjel.
‘In the effort to be a front runner, NORDEN is assisting in the testing and development of biofuel on owned vessels while working on making biofuel a standard on the company’s long-term chartered vessels.’
As part of the joint project, a full-scale test of Kvasir’s fuel will be conducted on one of NORDEN’s vessels at a later stage during the three and a half year collaboration, where the aim is to achieve better knowledge of the characteristics of biofuel and prove its suitability for future use.