Aug 14, 2017

Clean tech startup Desolenator wins funding from Expo Dubai 2020

Waste Management
Green Energy
Jonathan Dyble
2 min
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London based clean technology startup Desolenator has secured one of three sets of funding available from Expo Dubai 2020 to help propel the company...

London based clean technology startup Desolenator has secured one of three sets of funding available from Expo Dubai 2020 to help propel the company’s research forward.

The Expo, aimed at the enhancement of innovation and collaboration of ideas, has not disclosed how much Desolenator will be given, but it is understood that the financing could be as much as $100mn.

“Around two-thirds of the world’s population live with severe water scarcity for at least a month every year. By 2030, half of the world’s population won’t have access to clean drinking water,” said Desolenator’s Business Leader, Louise Bleach.

“We wanted to create a technology that is accessible to everyone so they can transform the oceans or contaminated sources into clean drinking water.”

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Desolenator purifies water from any source using solar power, something that could prove to be critical in areas where natural water has been polluted or where sea water is the only available source.

The firm uses technology to accelerate a simple process of distillation whilst reducing the environmental impact and cost compared to traditional methods.

The tech that has been patented by Desolenator has purifiers producing 20 litres per day from one sq m compared to the two litres currently provided by traditional procedures.

Whilst it is still in development, the funding will go a long way to ensuring the success of the clean technology venture.

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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International sign MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping

Independent commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International have signed an MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping and ammonia fuel infrastructure.

Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050. 

How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.

Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:

  • The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
  • Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
  • Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities

Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.  

There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.

Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.

Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.

Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.

It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.

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