Marine biofuels

Marine equipment and solutions for biofuels

Matching sustainability with certainty

As the marine industry strives to decarbonize, biofuels are an attractive option for reducing its CO2 footprint. With the same equipment as is used on today’s vessels, biofuels can provide carbon neutrality when produced from the right biomass. However, they also raise significant new challenges, especially when it comes to storage and treatment. As a partner to the marine industry for over 100 years, Alfa Laval has the deep insights – and solutions – to help you transition smoothly to biofuel operations.

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Biofuels in the fuel line

Biofuels are used on board in the same way as conventional oils, but some of their properties can be unconventional. With Alfa Laval expertise in fuel treatment and conditioning, you can be sure of continued safety and efficiency – despite widely varying biofuel characteristics.

Understanding marine biofuels

The first step in succeeding with marine biofuels is understanding the challenges. Even the most prominent biofuel types, FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) and HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil), behave much differently from traditional fuels. As a result, they require careful management on board and excellent control over the separation process. Our white paper puts these biofuels in focus, explaining what to expect and consider when it comes to your fuel line.


Separation and biofuels

Separators are the most important line of defence for your engine, even when using biofuels. Alfa Laval high-speed separators are the first on the market to be optimized for biofuels, and we are also the first manufacturer in the market to provide cost-efficient biofuel upgrades. Our separators are a key part of the Alfa Laval Adaptive Fuel Line, a complete, responsive solution for engine protection and efficiency as fuels become greener.

Hydrotreated vegetable oil(HVO)

What makes a separator biofuel ready?

Biofuels have many similarities to conventional oils, but the differences are critical when it comes to separation. Factors such as lower stability and density can impair separator performance, creating problems in the separator and beyond. Our fact sheet explains how key issues are resolved in Alfa Laval’s biofuel-ready separators.


Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre

The varied composition and characteristics of biofuels create new demands on board, especially when it comes to reliability and efficiency. Alfa Laval is meeting those demands with many decades of fuel handling experience, but also through extensive testing at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre. This unique R&D facility, which has a 2800 m2 testing space and dedicated biofuel resources, is providing deeper insights into biofuel properties and combustion.

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