MASH begins producing oil

Jakob Steffensen, Head of Innovation & Partnerships, and his team have news about MASH Energy. The biofuel the company makes from by-products of agriculture is to be tested by Alfa Laval.


Not long ago we shared the good news that DFDS had bought a stake in start-up company MASH Energy, which produces biofuel from agricultural waste.

Since then, things have developed, and work is well underway. Oil is now being produced with a reactor in India built by MASH. We are working on the next challenge, scaling, in order to produce enough oil to make it feasible for ship engines.

We listen to our seafarers

We are also in dialogue with our seafarers about their concerns and how to use the fuel on Pearl Seaways, where we will test it in operation.

Concerns Include: If the low viscosity of the biofuel makes it difficult to switch from the low sulphur fuel we use today, and if the biofuel will have adverse long-term effects on the machinery equipment.

“We are very grateful for the support we get from our colleagues at sea and we’ll do our best to provide good and relevant answers to their questions,” says Jakob Steffensen, Head of Innovation & Partnerships.

Alfa Laval to test first biofuel batches

In order to minimise the operational risk involved in implementing the new generation of biofuel, we reached out to Alfa Laval, who without any hesitation agreed to help us by testing the biofuel at their test-centre in Aalborg.

“We have joint interests in making sure that the new generation of CO2-neutral fuels become available to the industry as fast as possible. We work a lot with seafarers, and it is a pleasure to assist by making the initial tests here at our test-centre.” Says Lars Bo Andersen, Department Head, Alfa Laval.

Only when the shoreside tests have been completed to satisfaction, will we move on to onboard tests, where the focus will be to evaluate the long-term effect of the MASH biofuel.

Patricia Ayoub, Project & Portfolio Manager, is the department’s lead on this project. “It is vital to build upon all the experience and competences that we have onboard our vessels and in the Danish shipping community, and it has been very inspiring to see how we all come together to help DFDS become CO2-neutral as fast as possible,” says Patricia.

November 28, 2019