Monthly Archives: October 2015

Air Liquide awarded a new contract for the ITER project, strengthening its leadership in extreme cryogenics

Air Liquide announces the signature of a new contract with ITER-India for the design and manufacturing of 19 cryogenic lines for the ITER project. This latest contract comes after two earlier ones, signed in 2012 and in 2013, bringing to around 250 million euros the total amount signed by Air Liquide for the ITER project. This latest announcement illustrates Air Liquide’s leadership in extreme cryogenics for major scientific projects.

The objective of the international ITER project is to develop an experimental reactor in order to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion as a new source of energy. To obtain the very powerful electromagnetic fields required to confine and stabilize the fusion, it is necessary to use superconducting magnets that only function at extremely low temperatures.

The new cryogenic lines will transport helium at extremely low temperatures close to absolute zero in some cases (-269°C). Their fabrication requires the use of high tech processes and sophisticated design.

After having already completed the large scale cryogenic installations for the CERN1, Air Liquide, an expert in cryogenics, is a major industrial partner of the ITER project. It notably supplies the helium and nitrogen refrigerators used in ITER’s cryogenic plant, which will be the largest centralized refrigeration system ever built, as well as the 19 cryogenic lines.

François Darchis, member of the Air Liquide Executive Committee supervising Innovation, commented:We would like to thank ITER-India for its confidence. This success demonstrates once again the unique expertise of Air Liquide in the field of very low temperatures and its capacity to provide very high tech systems to address ambitious scientific challenges. Air Liquide is thus contributing to the major global scientific projects and to the development of the energy solutions of the future.

Prof. D. Bora, Director, Institute for Plasma Research, India, commented: ITER’s cryogenic system is one of the most complex systems known today after the CERN, and we are happy that Air Liquide is associated with us in this drive for fusion.

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DSME Completes Delivery of World’s First LNG-powered Container Ship

DSME, LNG-powered Container Ship DSME DSME Completes Delivery of World’s First LNG-powered Container Ship LNG Powered container

The world’s first container ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), which has been built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) with proprietary technology, has successfully completed a sea trial and will be put on an actual route.

According to an official at the DSME on Oct. 20, NASSCO, a subsidiary of leading U.S. defense company General Dynamics, recently delivered the Isla Bella, a 3,100 TEU container ship, to Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) Maritime after the completion of the sea trial. The ship is the world’s first LNG-powered container ship that includes patented technologies from the DSME and its subsidiaries.

The DSME generalized the basic design and supply of its own patented high-pressure LNG fuel gas supply system, while its subsidiary Shinhan Machinery was in charge of manufacturing equipment. Also, its design subsidiary DSEC took charge of the overall design and material package supply.

The LNG-powered system has lower emissions and increased fuel efficiency when compared to conventional diesel-powered ships. Accordingly, it is considered to be “the future of the shipbuilding industry.” The ship can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 23 percent and sulfur oxide emissions by more than 95 percent compared to conventional ships using heavy fuel oil (HFO). Also, fuel consumption can be cut by nearly 35 percent. Based on its patents and technologies, the DSME has won more than 30 LNG carrier orders. The company boasts its unrivaled competitiveness in LNG-related technology.

In the process of the sea trial, the DSME proved its LNG gas supply system technology by successfully securing a stable supply of fuel. The system supplies high-pressure natural gas to the engine from the fuel tank, and it is considered a core technology in natural gas-powered ships. The DSME has secured price competitiveness through its high-pressure LNG vaporizing system and contributed greatly to the commercialization of natural gas as fuel for ships.

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ACD fuel gas system supplies LNG to Rasheeda engines on cue

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ACD reports that its MSP-SL reciprocating, high-pressure pump system for the supply of LNG to the two engines onboard Rasheeda is performing well on the LNG carrier’s current historic voyage.

A Q-max vessel of 266,000m3, Rasheeda is the first LNG carrier with conventional diesel engines to have its propulsion system converted to dual-fuel running.

Rasheeda’s pair of newly configured, gas-burning, MAN ME-GI engines were commissioned on completion of the second phase of gas trials off the Spanish coast in mid-September. The vessel is now enroute from Qatar to the UK’s South Hook terminal with a cargo of LNG, its first following the engine conversion.

To date ACD has delivered 14 high-pressure and 25 low-pressure LNG fuel systems for two and four-stroke marine propulsion engines. The Santa Ana, California-based firm also has a significant backlog of similar orders for delivery through 2017.

Rasheeda is one of 45 Q-flex and Q-max LNG carriers owned or part-owned by Nakilat of Qatar. The shipowner is reviewing the possibility of converting the conventional, two-stroke diesel engines of further vessels in this fleet to the ME-GI configuration.

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