Newly developed waste heat recovery system by MHI-MME starts operation on Maersk Line vessel

By Vessels

The newly developed waste heat recovery system "HydrocurrentTM Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Module 125EJW (Hydrocurrent is a trademark of Calnetix Technologies) by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME) has begun operation on the vessel named Arnold Maersk belonging to Maersk Line, MHI-MME said in its press release.

Newly developed waste heat recovery system by MHI-MME starts operation on Maersk Line vessel

Container ship Arnold Maersk - Image: Luis F Lemaitre

The ORC system enables the utilization of extremely low temperature heat sources to generate electrical power at low-cost and high-efficiency in marine applications. In concrete terms, the system generates electricity using the waste heat of the main engine jacket cooling water (approx. 85°C), and by reducing the load on the vessel's main generator, cuts CO2 emissions and improves the efficiency of the vessel's plant.

The ORC has an output of 125 kW and is fitted to the Arnold Maersk. Prior to this, a pilot ORC machine completed performance testing at the factory of Calnetix Technologies who is a partner of MHI-MME, gaining the approval of ClassNK and Lloyd's Register of Shipping in 2015.

HydrocurrentTM Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Module 125EJW

HydrocurrentTM Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Module 125EJW ("Hydrocurrent" is a trademark of Calnetix Technologies)

MHI-MME will continue to offer diverse and creative energy efficiency and environmental solutions to improve the efficiency of shipping, contributing to the reduction of resource use and environmental impact.

Maersk Line is a shipping company based in Denmark's capital Copenhagen under the umbrella of the world's largest shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S. The Group has offices around the world, and in addition to shipping, operates in areas such as oil, gas and mining.

Nagasaki, Japan headquartered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME, created in 1884) is a 100% owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. The Company specializes primarily in the design and manufacturing of different products for maritime application, including marine engines, MET turbochargers, propellers, boilers, turbines, fin stabilizers, steering gears and supply of deck cranes, deck machinery, water-jets. MHI-MME has four divisions and 267 employees.

Source: MHI-MME