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Alfa Laval launches first biofuel-ready separators for the marine sector

In a marine industry first, Alfa Laval high-speed separators are now compatible with hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) (EN15940) and fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) (EN14214 or ASTM D6751) biofuel blends comprising residual fuel and/or distillate.

The maritime industry’s first biofuel-ready separators from Alfa Laval.
The maritime industry’s first biofuel-ready separators from Alfa Laval.

To ensure optimal biofuel separation, Alfa Laval has modified both internal bowl components and the separator software. This makes setting up for HVO, FAME blends or conventional fuels a simple parameter change. Incorporated into new Alfa Laval separators for purchase, the developments are also available as upgrades for existing separators.

“We are proud to support our customers’ decarbonization journey, no matter which fuel path they take,” 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.”

“Optimizing for biofuels is nothing that occurs overnight,” adds Hoffmann. “Our biofuel-ready separators build on deep fuel insights, extensive research at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre and long cooperation with ISO and CIMAC. As biofuels continue to evolve, customers can count on Alfa Laval for efficient engine protection, just as they have with conventional marine fuels.”