Chad Fuhrmann

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"Enginuity"

By Chad Fuhrmann 2018-03-04 18:27:39

In evolving and cyclical maritime markets, engine manufaturers provide a similar and steady propulsive force. Adjusting focus as markets shift, they are a reliable supplier of dependable, high-quality and innovative products and services to the maritime industry. A year ago in this space I described the maritime industry’s continued dependence on the century-old power plant developed by Rudolph Diesel and the ongoing effort to overcome its inherent inefficiencies. Now that effort has gotten bigger, and a slow but inevitable paradigm...

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CH3-a-O-S Theory

By Chad Fuhrmann 2017-05-12 20:50:57

Low oil and gas prices have triggered a boom in petrochemical production, particularly in the U.S. Petrochemicals pervade virtually every sector of the modern world – from plastics and pharmaceuticals to agriculture and construction – and the energy industry is poised to take advantage by shifting focus from new oil and gas production to the opportunities provided by the cheap and abundant supply already available. Industry leaders highlighted the shift at the recent CERAWeek 2017 annual conference in Houston. Billed...

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Back to the Future

By Chad Fuhrmann 2017-02-18 04:35:19

It’s déjà vu all over again as companies innovate to meet strict environmental standards. By Chad Fuhrmann Today’s maritime industry is driven by the traditional power plant first developed over a century ago.  Despite many advances, the modern iteration of Rudolf Diesel’s eponymous engine still has a peak efficiency of only fifty percent. Its inherent limitations mean that further reductions in fuel consumption and emissions simply cannot be achieved by the engine itself. Industry stakeholders therefore continually seek...

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