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Alfa Laval launches FCM One Gas fuel gas supply system

Written by Nick Blenkey
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SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 — Alfa Laval is applying its expertise in fuel conditioning to high-pressure fuel gas supply systems for LNG.

The the latest addition to the FCM One family of new generation high-performance booster systems is FCM One Gas.

FCM One Gas, which will be on display at SMM 2016, is a complete fuel gas supply system for engines equipped with high-pressure ME-GI technology. It provides sophisticated automation for all start, stop and purging sequences, resulting in smooth, automatic control of fuel pressure for the lowest possible energy consumption at any load.

“For crews with experience of other Alfa Laval fuel conditioning systems, the FCM One Gas will feel very familiar,” says Roberto Comelli, Alfa Laval’s Business Manager, Fuel Conditioning Systems. “From the modular design and graphical interface to the automation itself, the FCM One Gas builds on Alfa Laval strengths the marine industry has come to rely on.”

The FCM One Gas LNG vaporizer is the proprietary Alfa Laval printed circuit heat exchanger (PCHE). Robust yet highly compact, this diffusion-bonded heat exchanger handles cryogenic temperatures and pressures as high as 650 bar(g).

“The small size and high thermal efficiency of the PCHE allow tremendous space savings and make the module more flexible,” says Comelli. “Being able to design and produce the PCHE in-house gives Alfa Laval full control over the vaporizer’s thermal performance and reliability.”

Reliability is also tied to experience, especially in a young application. Here, says Comelli, Alfa Laval has more to offer than any other booster supplier. “The first vessels with these engines are only now setting sail,” he says. “As the only experienced marine supplier in this booster application, Alfa Laval has the knowledge and global support to ensure peace of mind.”

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