The Nonox Emulsion Combustion System is an innovative solution that can considerably reduce the emission of harmful substances to the air, both at sea and on land.

Created by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics in 2008, the Orcelle Grants are awarded each year to an innovator working to develop commercially viable maritime solutions for a zero-emission future. This year, the delegates at the Savannah Ocean Exchange (SOE), bestowed the 2012 award on  Nonox’s revolutionary emulsion combustion system.

 Since their creation, WWL’s Orcelle Grants have supported clean-tech entrepreneurs looking to make shipping and logistics more sustainable. In 2012, aiming to extend the reach of the programme, WWL partnered with the SOE – an organisation that seeks to advance cross-industry environmental innovation.

Upon accepting the award at the Solutions Exchange – the SOE’s annual event that brings together global leaders from multiple disciplines, including industry, education, research, technology, government and conservation – Nonox partners Wesley G Pence and Eric Cottrell were quick to express their pride at having been chosen. 

“Receiving this award validates our efforts of the past years,” comments Pence, Nonox’s Vice President. “We have a system that is operational and ready to market. As it can be easily retrofitted to existing ships, trucks and boilers, it will bring about emission reductions and significant fuel savings both today and in the future.”

“My father was a fuel-emulsion pioneer and I worked with him as a young man,” adds Cottrell, Nonox’s President. “In 2005, rising fuel prices and environmental awareness inspired me to develop a simpler, more reliable system. Furthermore, living in the Bahamas and seeing the pristine environment fouled by pollution from ships and vehicles really bothered me.”

Fossil-fuel emissions contribute to global warming and are the root cause of many health problems. A proven method for cleaning up these emissions is through the use of water in oil-emulsified fuels on the inlet side of an engine or boiler. With its unique mixing chamber for fuel and water, the Nonox Emulsion Combustion Unit (ECU) is currently considered the most effective of its kind. Moreover, it can easily be switched back and forth between emulsion and straight fuel.

WWL’s Deputy CEO, Christopher Connor, congratulated Nonox, saying: “The Nonox Emulsion Combustion System is an innovative solution that can considerably reduce the emission of harmful substances to the air, both at sea and on land. The team has done an impressive job in developing this promising technology. We hope that the Orcelle Grant will make it possible for them to bring this product to market and look forward to supporting the laureate on this journey”.

Orcelle Grants
WWL’s Orcelle Grants are awarded to clean-tech innovators developing alternative energy solutions and energy-efficient technologies for ocean vessels and marine facilities. Each year, the Orcelle Grant laureate receives a cash prize of USD 100,000 and technical support from WWL’s naval engineers and architects. The 2012 Orcelle Grant called for proactive, innovative, scalable and economically productive solutions that would help accelerate the realisation of a zero-emission future on land or at sea.

Savannah Ocean Exchange
Founded in 2010, the SOE unites international organisations to distribute and adopt solutions that positively impact oceans and ocean life. This September, two awards worth USD 100,000 each were presented at the annual Solutions Exchange, held in Savannah, Georgia: the Gulfstream Navigator Award was given to Protei’s Ocean Cleaning Sailing Robots, while the 2012 WWL Orcelle Grant went to Nonox’s revolutionary Emulsion Combustion Systems.