Viking Line is using a heat power system and new steam turbines that are expected to cut CO2 emissions significantly on its LNG-fuelled newbuild Viking Glory
The vessel will be equipped with a number of technological innovations, which Viking Line is working on in partnership with the Swedish clean tech firm Climeon, among others, to reduce the vessel’s climate impact. Climeon’s systems are expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 4,000 tonnes a year.
Viking Line’s new vessel Viking Glory is currently being built in Xiamen, China. It will be equipped with the Climeon Heat Power System, which uses waste heat from the engines to heat the vessel but also to generate clean electricity.
Viking Line will also be the first shipping company in the world to install Climeon’s steam turbines, which use waste heat from gases produced during the combustion process. The steam turbines will be installed on Viking Glory but will be assessed for potential use on Viking Line’s six other vessels in the future.
“We are really proud of the confidence Viking Line has placed in us and that they have chosen to be a pioneer in energy efficiency in the marine transport industry by installing both heat power modules and steam turbines from Climeon. Each unit can produce up to 150 kW, which is comparable to the amount of electricity needed to charge 250,000 mobile phones a day. Our estimate is that Viking Glory will reduce its CO2 emissions by about 4,000 tonnes a year with our new solution,” said Climeon chief executive officer Thomas Öström.
Viking Line was the first shipping company to invest in Climeon’s energy recovery system when the prototype developed for ships was installed on board Viking Grace. With the construction of Viking Glory, Climeon was involved from the start of the development work.
“Fuel is the second biggest expenditure for Viking Line, but being energy efficient is not just about making savings. What is most important to us is that we work actively for sustainable marine transport. The Climeon heat power system will provide up to 40% of the electricity needed for the passenger functions on board,” said Viking Line project manager for Viking Glory Kari Granberg.