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Award-winning technology from SICK for clean air over the world’s oceans: SICK entered its "MARSIC300" solution for the reliable monitoring of ships’ emissions for the Baden-Württemberg Environmental Technology Award competition. SICK came third in the category ‘Measurement, Control & Regulatory Technology, Industry 4.0’. Frank Hehl, Senior Vice President Global Industry Center Process Automation, and Christian Lohner, Product Manager of the MARSIC300 at GBC03, received the award from Franz Untersteller, Baden-Württemberg’s Minister for the Environment, Climate and Energy, at the prize-giving ceremony.
The analyzer monitors gas scrubbers that remove harmful sulfur oxides from the exhaust fumes of ships’ diesel engines. Emissions caused by shipping harms people and the environment worldwide: More than 10% of CO2 emissions are the result of international shipping, and there is additional pollution in coastal regions from sulfur and nitrogen oxides, as well as fine particles. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has therefore introduced more stringent regulations – which come into effect on 1 January 2020 – with considerably lower limits for ships’ emissions worldwide.
“SICK early on developed this technology for maritime emissions measurement, and the MARSIC300 is a world leading product designed to help international shipping companies desulfurize their fleets’ emissions. New challenges will appear on the path to the complete de-carbonization of ship propulsion systems – offering major opportunities for companies that have the foresight to create the necessary measuring solutions,” explained Frank Hehl.
The development and production of the MARSIC300 emission measuring solution took place in collaboration with experts in maritime applications at SICK’s sites in southern Baden, Überlingen (on Lake Constance), and Hamburg. "In particular, the requirements of the maritime industry, such as reliability and easy maintenance, were implemented. Thus MARSIC300 plays a major role in reliably measuring ship emissions and continuously monitoring pollutant emissions," added Christian Lohner, responsible product manager of the MARSIC300. The production area has been doubled at the Lake Constance site and a new production line has been constructed in Hamburg to meet the high demand.
Baden-Württemberg’s Environment Ministry has been presenting the Environmental Technology Award for innovative products and processes in environmental technology biannually since 2009. Prizes are awarded in four categories for solutions that make a significant contribution towards resource efficiency and environmental protection. Companies with headquarters or branches in Baden-Württemberg are entitled to enter the competition.
Exhibitor: SICK AG