Methanol Can Be the Climate-Neutral Marine Fuel of the Future
The Fastwater project is about the use of methanol as fuel for existing ships and newbuildings.
The problems that Fastwater wants to solve are:
- Today’s engines do not work with methanol, but require either new engines or technology that enables the conversion of existing engines
- There must be a good international methanol supply chain
- There are many rules and regulations that need to be reviewed
The project has received five million euros from the EU to develop the new technology.
Fastwater is a project which unites universities (Lund, Ghent), engine manufacturer Anglo Belgian Corporation, shipyard Meyer Werft, Lloyds Register etc… A list with all Fastwater partners can be found here.
STENA GERMANICA was converted to be capable of running on methanol fuel in 2015.
Fastwater says a methanol-powered pilot boat will be launched in 2022.