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K Line trialing exhaust waste heat recovery generator

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K Line and Kobe Steel are trialling a system that converts waste heat from the engine exhausts to generate electricity.

The 91,000 tonne coal carrier Corona Youthful has been installed with a binary cycle power generation system which can generate up to 100kW of electric power from the main engine exhaust heat from the main engines. The electricity generated can be used as auxiliary power for the vessel instead of diesel generators.

The system will be trialled over the next three years on the Corona Youthful to verify the durability and performance.

K Line said the binary cycle power system was one of the systems be considered to help it reach the IMO’s goal for 70% CO2 emission reductions by 2050.

Read more: Revolution needed in marine propulsion to meet IMO's 50% greenhouse gas reduction target

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