In April, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced its first-ever agreement to limit maritime greenhouse gas emissions, saying that it will take the lead in getting industry players to reduce them by at least 50% by 2050 (from 2008 levels). The move comes on top of an incoming 2020 moratorium on traditional commercial propellants, which are seen as unacceptable due to their harmfulness and levels of pollution.
All of this will force shipowners into making huge changes, according to Carl Berglund, the head of sales at green technology provider Climeon. "With this new regulatory framework happening in combination with increasing oil prices, businesses urgently need to adopt new technologies and equipment that will help them affordably comply with the new international standards," he says.
Fortunately, help is close at hand. Berglund's Swedish employer forged its eco-friendly reputation among cruise companies when it sold the first generation of its patented Heat Power system to Viking Line in 2015. The system uses industrial waste heat and lowtemperature geothermal heat to generate electricity. In September this year, the company will be making an appearance at the SMM international trade fair in Hamburg. It will be sharing a booth with fellow clean technology outfit Scanship. The pair will team up to offer visitors a co-exhibition during the event, to jointly highlight their environmentally sustainable solutions in the areas of green power generation, waste management and wastewater purification.
"As opposed to other vendors, we have chosen to build a compact and modular system that could easily be adapted to many different applications in various industries," Berglund explains. "In the maritime industry, the Climeon Heat Power system is scalable from 150kW single-unit installations up to 2MW for larger installations. Our technology exploits the temperature difference between hot and cold water to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by generating clean electricity. It's a simple process, works for retrofit and new builds, and is applicable for all fuel types."
He hopes the company will soon do more than just deliver equipment to individual clients, and instead work in collaboration with them to help the whole sector move towards a sustainable future. Berglund knows that some people may see this ambition as naive, but he points out that there is no one solution that will help solve all the industry's environmental problems.
"We think that one of the keys is to find a way for closer collaboration between all the relevant parties in the industry," he says. "But that would require shipowners, shipbuilders, classification societies, governments and suppliers to jointly approach the main goal of reaching a sustainable future for the maritime industry."
Climeon's products are economically viable alternatives to help shipowners improve efficiency and cut down emissions. For instance, Climeon is currently working with Virgin Voyages, supplying a 900kW system for each of its three upcoming new builds. Virgin Voyages is aiming to bring a new approach to the cruise industry, and, like all pioneers, are moving first, which is why the company sees the benefit of adopting innovative solutions like the Climeon Heat Power system. Climeon is extremely proud to be working with Virgin Voyages and fully support its commitment to creating a sustainable and epic sea change. And last year, Viking Line extended the partnership with a repeat order of a 900kW Heat Power system for its next generation cruise ferry built in China. Also, shipping-giant Maersk selected Climeon to do a pilot installation on one of its largest vessels.
"The maritime sector is one of the most challenging industries to become an approved supplier in," says Burglund. "With very tough operational conditions at sea, you need to build a solid product to get certified and class-approved. That was one of the reasons why we chose to enter this sector and the success so far has helped us accelerate the growth in other areas, especially in geothermal heat power."