Alfa Laval’s New Test Facility Promises Full-Scale R&D

Alfa Laval has announced that its new test facility will be officially opened Jan. 15, 2014, although some full-scale prototype testing will be initiated in October.

“For the first time, it will be possible to test equipment and applications on the scale of a seagoing vessel – but with the control and convenience that only exist on land,” commented Peter Leifland, president of Alfa Laval’s Marine & Diesel Division. Among the applications he referred to is exhaust gas cleaning, which will be a major focus of the centre as Alfa Laval refines a new generation of PureSOx.

The new facility, which is taking shape on the site of the former Aalborg Shipyard, will comprise a test area of 250 square meters with an adjoining control and training complex. Built around a large 2 MW marine diesel engine, it will be supplied with seawater from the Limfjord.

The company said the centre will be the full-sized, land-based equivalent of a commercial vessel’s machinery room.

Among the equipment and systems to be tested are fuel lines, including fuel conditioning modules and separation modules; steam lines, including waste heat recovery units, hot well tanks, steam dump condensers and desalination units; exhaust gas lines, including selective catalytic reduction units, boilers and scrubbers; and ballast lines, including filters and advanced oxidation technology reactors.

Overseeing all equipment, according to a company statement, will be a unified control system, steered from a dedicated room at the facility. Remote access to the control system will be possible from other Alfa Laval sites.

Cruise Industry News Email Alerts

Cruise Industry News Email Alerts



Get the latest breaking cruise newsSign up.


54 Ships | 122,002 Berths | $36 Billion | View

New 2024 Drydock REPORT


  • Mkt. Overview
  • Record Year
  • Refit Schedule
  • 120 Pages
  • PDF Download
  • Order Today
New 2024 Annual Report


  • 2033 Industry Outlook 
  • All Operators
  • Easy to Use
  • Pre-Order Offer
  • Order Today