Alfa Laval FCM One LF Booster System to Be Tested on MAN LPG-Powered Engine

Friday March 17, 2017

Alfa Laval today announced that, after more than a year of development, the first Alfa Laval FCM One Low-Flashpoint (LF) booster system for use on a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-powered engine is set to be delivered to the MAN Diesel & Turbo SE (MAN) test site in Copenhagen in the coming weeks.

Alfa Laval and MAN have been collaborating broadly on fuel conditioning for MAN two-stroke diesel engines with Liquefied Gas Injection (LGI) technology since 2012, but began to focus on methanol after receiving an order to equip nine vessels with methanol-burning ME-LGI engines.

The resulting booster technology, the Alfa Laval FCM One LF was installed on tankers built for Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S (Westfal-Larsen), and Marinvest AB (Marinvest), and have since logged over 4500 running hours with the system over the last three years.

"MAN Diesel & Turbo has worked closely with Alfa Laval in development projects like Exhaust Gas Recirculation, where Alfa Laval PureNOx technology cleans the circulation water," says Søren H. Jensen, Vice President and Head of R&D for MAN's Two-Stroke Business.

"That, together with deep expertise in fuel conditioning, made Alfa Laval the natural choice to deliver the Low-Flashpoint Supply Systems for methanol."

Currently, MAN is modifying the ME-LGI engine series to use LPG as an alternative fuel, while Alfa Laval is preparing an accompanying booster system.

"Tests of the engine and booster are expected to be completed by the end of 2017," explains Roberto Comelli, Business Manager, Fuel Conditioning Systems at Alfa Laval.

"In the meantime, Alfa Laval is preparing to support MAN Diesel & Turbo when the first LPG-related orders come in. We are proud to be associated with LGI engine technology and to help bring more customers access to this low-emission alternative."