Global interest in new fuel technology

An Alicat workboat is demonstrating an engine running on glycerine An Alicat workboat is demonstrating an engine running on glycerine

Seawork played host to a number of alternative fuel launches. The world’s first marine generator using glycerine fuel was up and working on the Alicat Workboat on berth V28.

John McNeil of Aquafuel Research is the inventor of the technology. He’s delighted that its capabilities are finally being recognised. He says Seawork provides the ideal opportunity to display the benefits of the technology – low sulphur emission, carbon neutral, non-flammable in normal temperatures, non-toxic and water soluble.

Like every inventor, John had struggled to get the technology to market. He is now part of a consortium put together by Marine South East looking at fuel which is sustainable and practical for the future. Government funding has enabled a year-long project to look at practical issues around using glycerine as a marine fuel. 

Marine South East’s Simon Powell says interest in the technology has grown throughout the project. The issue of how ships are fuelled for the future is a global one and the practical demonstration is attracting interest from Japan, Australia and Russia. 

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