In April 2018, IMO adopted an ambitious plan to contribute to the global efforts to reduce the Greenhouse Gas emissions, as set by the Paris Agreement, by targeting a 50% reduction in shipping’s Green House Gas emissions by 2050, benchmarked to 2008 levels. To meet these challenging goals, the maritime industry must introduce environmentally friendly fuels with negligible, or low SOX, NOX, and CO2 emissions. Ammonia use in maritime applications is considered promising, due to its high energy density, low flammability, easy storage, and low production cost. Moreover, ammonia can be used as fuel in a variety of propulsors such as fuel cells and can be produced from renewable sources. As a result, ammonia can be used as a versatile marine fuel, exploiting the existing infrastructure, and having zero SOX and CO2 emissions. However, there are several challenges to overcome for ammonia to become a compelling fuel towards the decarbonization of shipping. Such factors include the selection of the appropriate ammonia-fuelled power generator, the selection of the appropriate system safety assessment tool, and mitigating measures to address the hazards of ammonia.
Dr. Michail Cheliotis has a master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. He also obtained his Ph.D. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the same university. He specialized in ship maintenance and condition monitoring.
He is currently a Research Associate at the Maritime Safety Research Centre at the University of Strathclyde, examining the safety aspects of alternative fuels namely ammonia and hydrogen (NH3, H2) for green shipping. He has a keen interest in the reliability and safety aspects of shipping through his involvement in different EU and UK funded research projects."
He was the past Chair of the University of Strathclyde SNAME Student Section.