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Alfa Laval says it is ‘first in the market’ to introduce biofuel-optimised separators and separator upgrades which can address some of the operational challenges associated with the use of this fuel in the maritime sector.

Biofuels such as HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) and FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) can be used by diesel engines without major engine modifications and while they can be a carbon-neutral alternative if produced from the right biomass, Alfa Laval highlights that they must be cleaned effectively to prevent performance issues and expensive engine wear. 

As such, Alfa Laval high-speed separators are now compatible with HVO (EN15940) and with FAME (EN14214 or ASTM D6751) blends comprising residual fuel and/or distillate.

‘We are proud to support our customers’ decarbonization journey, no matter which fuel path they take,’ said says Markus Hoffmann, Global Sales Manager, Marine Separation & Heat Transfer Equipment, Alfa Laval. 

‘Biofuels will be the choice for many marine vessels, but customers must be certain that their equipment is prepared for them. With biofuel-ready separators and cost-efficient biofuel upgrades, Alfa Laval can provide that certainty.’

 The company notes that biofuels can be prepared in various ways and differ widely in their characteristics – both from conventional fuels and from each other. Because of differences in density, moisture absorption and more, they require additional care in terms of fuel storage and treatment.

To ensure optimal biofuel separation, Alfa Laval has modified both internal bowl components and the separator software. The changes have been incorporated into new Alfa Laval separators and upgrades are also available for existing separators.



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