To study the environmental and financial viability of using LEO ethanol oil, shipping companies Wallenius Wilhelmsen and AP Moller-Maersk joined forces with the University of Copenhagen. Industry colleagues believe that for sustainable delivery, a mixture of lignin and ethanol can be a great solution.
Due to the slow but steady growth rate of world trade, the amount of global carbon gas emissions is growing. The share of emissions for shipping today is 2-3% and will increase. Deliveries require specially designed low-carbon fuel solutions, such as lignin, capable of leaping from laboratories to the transport fleet. Lignin, a structural biopolymer, is released in large quantities as a by-product of pulp and paper mills and lignocellulosic ethanol and is currently used to produce electricity and steam.
Now the University of Copenhagen is conducting laboratory development of potential fuel of the future and is aimed at the second stage, which will consist of tests on real marine engines in the second quarter of 2021.