FCM Methanol | Alfa Laval

FCM Methanol

The Alfa Laval Fuel Conditioning Module (FCM) Methanol is a low-flashpoint fuel supply system (LFSS) capable of supplying meth¬anol within the flow rate, pressure, temperature and filtration parameters specified by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). A single FCM Methanol system can serve two-stroke engines, four-stroke engines and boilers simultaneously, meeting all their different process needs. This saves you space and energy in the engine room.


Low-flashpoint fuel supply system (LFSS) for methanol-fuelled engines and boilers

  • Proven technology and efficiency, in use on methanol carriers since 2015
  • Designed to maximize uptime and energy efficiency, while minimizing maintenance costs
  • Simplifies safety routines and security by automating control of the fuel conditioning process
  • Supported by an Alfa Laval service network trained to work with methanol
  • Spare parts readily available from Alfa Laval distribution centres

Proven in over 100,000 hours of operation, the FCM Methanol can supply methanol to dual-fuel marine engines (both main and auxiliary), as well as boilers. A single, automated FCM Methanol system can be engineered to meet the process requirements of multiple methanol consumers.

The FCM Methanol’s automation handles all daily routines and safety functions, including purging and inerting with the system’s own nitrogen-based inerting system. Because operator commands are issued from a control point located in a safe zone, there is minimal risk of crews inadvertently coming into contact with hazardous fuel.

Within the FCM Methanol system itself, extensive use of double-block-and-bleed arrangements further reduces the risk of accidental methanol exposure. This keeps crews safe, even when performing maintenance.

How it works

The FCM Methanol is a dual-stage, pressurized system that supplies methanol safely and automatically. It can be arranged to simultaneously feed multiple fuel lines with different process parameters, thereby meeting the needs of multiple engines and boilers.

Each stage is protected by a pressure relief valve and is equipped with transmitters and indicators for pressure and temperature. The low-pressure stage prevents the cavitation of the high-pressure pump. The high-pressure stage maintains the specified fuel parameters.

The system’s automation handles all necessary fuel routines, ensuring that the methanol is conditioned and ready for a start signal from the engine control system (EGC). Upon a stop signal from the EGC, the system safely returns to standby.

Control and monitoring are handled from a control cabinet located within a safe zone, or from the vessel’s automation system via Modbus serial link. Advanced troubleshooting can be performed from any control point, without entering the hazardous zone.

The FCM Methanol is ATEX-certified and complies with IGC Code, IGF Code and DNV Pt.6, Ch.2, Sec.6.

Marine equipment and solutions for methanol as fuel

Methanol is the next likely step on the marine industry’s journey to a zero-carbon future. However, it will demand new technologies and a different way of looking at the energy balance on board. Alfa Laval is at the cutting edge of methanol solutions – and is ready to partner with you in making the transition.

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