‘Viking Glory’ will be one of the world’s most climate-smart vessels when she enters service in 2021.
She will be equipped with a number of technological innovations, which Viking Line is working on in partnership with the Swedish clean tech firm Climeon.
This includes the reduction of the vessel’s climate impact, whereby Climeon’s system is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 4,000 tonnes per year.
‘Viking Glory’ is currently being built in Xiamen, China. She will be fitted with a Climeon Heat Power System, which uses waste heat from the engines to heat the vessel but also to generate clean electricity.
Viking Line will also be the world’s first shipping company to install Climeon’s steam turbines, which use waste heat from gases produced during the combustion process.
In total, the Heat Power modules and steam turbines will reduce CO2 emissions by at least 4,000 tonnes per year. The steam turbines will be placed in service initially on ‘Viking Glory’ but will be assessed for potential use on Viking Line’s six other vessels in the future.
“We are really proud of the confidence that Viking Line has placed in us and that they have chosen to be a pioneer in energy efficiency in the marine transport industry by installing both Heat Power modules and steam turbines from Climeon.
“Each unit can produce up to 150 kW, which is comparable to the amount of electricity needed to charge 250,000 mobile phones a day. Our estimate is that ‘Viking Glory’ will reduce its CO2 emissions by about 4,000 tonnes a year with our new solution,” claimed Thomas Öström, Climeon’s CEO.
Viking Line was the first shipping company to invest in Climeon’s energy recovery system when the first prototype developed for ships was installed on board ‘Viking Grace’. With the construction of ‘Viking Glory’, the decision was made to involve Climeon from the start in the development work.
“Fuel is the second biggest expenditure for Viking Line, but being energy-efficient is not just about making savings. What is most important to us is that we work actively for sustainable marine transport. The Climeon Heat Power System will provide up to 40% of the electricity needed for the passenger functions on board,” said Kari Granberg, ‘Viking Glory’ project manager.