All aboard in finding alternatives to fossil fuels

VTT and its partners are aiming to identify the most economically and ecologically sustainable alternative to fossil fuels.
As part of the Business Finland BioFlex project, they have launched a project to determine the suitability of biomass and waste plastics fuel oils in ship diesel engines and power plants.
The VTT-coordinated project aims to find fossil fuel alternatives that can help large diesel engines to be environmentally sustainable at sea and land.
VTT senior principal scientist Anja Oasmaa said: “Our goal is to find the most ecologically and economically sustainable way to replace fossil heavy fuel oil in ship and power plant diesel engines.
“We compare different methods of industrially producing fuel oils from, for example, waste plastics or biomass, such as harvest residues from forestry and agriculture.
“We are also conducting experiments to examine the suitability of the oils for applications.”
The project expects to support the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) objective to halve maritime greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Last month, the IMO announced a ban on carrying non-compliant fuel oil on ships to reduce ocean pollution. In January, the Clean Arctic Alliance urged the IMO to ban ships from using fuels with high black carbon emmissons in the Arctic region.

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