CSL Group has finished the world’s longest-running trials of B100 biodiesel on marine engines.
The Canadian bulker operator accumulated nearly 30,000 running hours after the tests were conducted in late November 2021 on half of CSL’s fleet.
According to the company, the tests resulted in a 23% total fleet life cycle reduction of CO2 as compared to marine gas oil (MGO).
During the trials, conducted in partnership with Canada Clean Fuels and with the collaboration of Sterling Fuels, 14,000 tonnes of MGO, a fossil fuel, was substituted for 100% bio-content second-generation biofuel, requiring no modification to existing ship equipment.
“Reducing the carbon footprint of our fleet is a strategic imperative at CSL and these trials clearly demonstrate the viability of biodiesel as a practical and effective option to drastically reduce our GHG emissions,” said Louis Martel, CSL’s President and CEO.
“Our test results confirm the potential of biodiesel as a realistic and immediate alternative to fossil fuel that holds great potential to support the decarbonisation of the marine transportation sector in Canada and throughout the world.”
In March this year, CSL revealed it will be testing second-generation biodiesel on half of its fleet over the co CSL’s biofuel trials were conducted on eight ships over a period of six months under a Transport Canada testing protocol. The B100 biodiesel was tested on main and auxiliary engines and required no modification to existing equipment.
“Biofuel is one of many decarbonisation strategies we are exploring at CSL,” added Martel. “As we closely monitor the development of alternative fuels and continue to invest in R&D and innovative digital solutions, we are confident the use of biodiesel can speed up decarbonization in the marine transportation.”
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