Following on from the electrification of heavy duty mobility in the form of cars, buses, automated guided vehicles and tractor units, VDL Groep intends to continue help reducing the emissions from means of transport.
The family-owned international industrial business headquartered in Eindhoven will now be supplying systems for ships that comply with the latest international requirements on the emission of harmful substances.
For this project, VDL has entered into a joint venture with AEC Maritime, the Eindhoven-based specialist in air cleaning, that develops and markets filter systems for ships. These so-called scrubbers filter the sulphur particles and other components from the exhaust gases emitted by ship engines.
The new collaboration between the two companies, operating under the name VDL AEC Maritime, was launched on 1 September 2017. VDL AEC Maritime is based in Eindhoven. Scrubbers are nothing new to VDL.
VDL KTI in Mol (Belgium) manufactured and supplied the first scrubbers in 2013 to AEC Maritime, the company that holds the patent for the scrubber system. In this particular technology, seawater is used to clean and store the environmentally burdensome particles on the ship. The scrubber is installed in the vessel’s funnel.
The exhaust gas from the engine enters the scrubber at the bottom end, eventually leaving the scrubber at the top, as clean, white smoke. Water droplets in the scrubber absorb sulphur, soot, ash and oil particles, and the contaminated water in the system is subsequently cleaned on board the vessel.
Advantage Damen Green Solutions (part of Damen Shipyards Group) will be responsible for the complete installation of the scrubbers, subject to a collaboration agreement entered into between VDL AEC Maritime and the Gorinchem-based ship building group.
“The biggest advantage of this new joint venture is that it offers customers one-stop shopping for the entire process from sale and engineering, through to production and installation of the scrubbers,” explained Kevin Kuijs, director of VDL AEC Maritime.
Co-owner and technical director Marcel Clephas at AEC Maritime added, “The efficiency and solid financial basis offered by VDL Groep are essential for the growth of our business. Moreover, we are no strangers to one another: VDL KTI is already responsible for manufacturing our scrubbers.”