FAST Track to Clean and
Carbon-Neutral WATERborne Transport through Gradual Introduction of
Methanol Fuel: Developing and Demonstrating an Evolutionary Pathway for
Methanol Technology and Take-up.

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Methanol Webinar from November 5th, 2020

The Project

FASTWATER will develop and demonstrate an evolutionary pathway for methanol technology in waterborne transport by pursuing the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate the overall feasibility under operational conditions, when our demo-cases test methanol in service
  • Develop and demonstrate universal, scalable retrofit kits for converting ships to methanol use for a wide power range (200 kW – 4 MW)
  • Develop the next generation of methanol-fuelled engines for further advances in efficiency, and further reductions in emissions and costs
  • Demonstrate the complete supply chain from renewable methanol producers to ship bunkering, including setting up bunkering procedures for safe and efficient bunkering
  • Work with regulatory agencies to develop rules & regulation for methanol as a fuel
  • Develop a training programme for crews, gain experience with the FASTWATER Demo-cases and formulate best practices for use beyond FASTWATER
  • Life cycle performance assessment to analyse investment costs, CO2 savings and pollutant reductions

Demo-cases

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Harbour tug

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Pilot boat

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River cruise ship

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Coast guard vessel

Why we focus on Methanol

Suitable energy carriers and powertrains for waterborne transport must be:

Sustainable: ensure a closed cycle for the energy carrier and powertrain raw materials
Scalable: use abundantly available and (therefore) affordable resources
Storable: sufficiently compact, i.e. high energy and power density

The consortium

The FASTWATER consortium has a strong track record with methanol projects (particularly for waterborne transport) and includes shipyards, a ship owner, engine manufacturers, an equipment supplier, a classification society, a methanol producer, a major European port and research institutes.

Christian Norden

BALance Technology Consulting GmbH
Contrescarpe 33

28203 Bremen
Tel. +49 (0)421 33517-15
E-mail: info@fastwater.eu

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The project has received funding from the European’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Contract No.:860251)
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Contrescarpe 33
28203 Bremen, Germany

Phone: +49 421 33517-0
Fax: +49 421 33517-11
E-mail: balance@bal.eu

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