Path to truly green power will be both harder and easier

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International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has set a target for Maritime industry to reduce greenhouse emission by 50% by 2050. Several companies have come forward with solutions to cut down emissions that prove the industry is trying to comply with IMO rules.

Experts from ABB Turbocharging on 24th June explained the likely paths shipping and power will take to cut emissions to help meet climate change targets regulations through their webinar, ‘Using Future Fuels: A technology roadmap.’

ABB experts questioned: Why the path to truly green power is will be both harder than many suppose, but also easier?

In his inaugural speech, Mr Oliver Riemenschneider, President ABB Turbocharging said, “ABB has a decade long experience of improving engine efficiency and emissions. We are here to show you, how we are planning to extend this track record to future.”

“There are two sectors, shipping and power sectors. IMO has decide to cut off greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050, now looking at power segment, this will happen much faster than we think. But, what is more complicated is we have to look at the long life cycle in power generation as well as shipping,” he continued.

According to ABB experts, we have to decide today, what kind of fuel and what kind of technology we want to use and operate for future proof investments. Mr Riemenschneider promised to support both shipping and power generation segment.

Mr Christoph Rofka, Senior Vice President, ABB Turbocharging shared his thoughts about future fuels. “We are proud to contribute with our expertise for broader industry perspective. For example, we have formed the greenhouse strategic group, to understand the major implication and technology challenges of future fuels.” He explained the characteristic of future fuels in regards to investments and emission reduction.

Mr Gerald Mueller, General Manager, Global OEM Sales and Application Engineering Product Group high-Speed, ABB Turbocharging discussed about renewable electricity. “Even renewable electricity based application will also need conventional fuel based power technology to provide additional power at peak times. Hydrogen is the most direct way of harnessing the emission advantages of renewable energy and engines. The pace at which hydrogen becomes available is a critical factor,” said Mr Mueller.

How fuels are likely to be applied in Maritime sector was explained by Mr Dino Imhof, Head of Application Engineering n Product Management, ABB Turbocharging. “To meet IMO 2050 target, at least some vessels need to be operated by this fuels by 2030,” said Mr Imhof.

This was followed by panel discussions in which eminent speakers and experts from the field shared their thoughts on future engine technologies and end users.

ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. ABB’s is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.


(Courtesy: Marex Media)

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