Steve Esau, SEA-LNG and Bruno Piga

Season 3, Episode 19,  Nov 07, 2022, 12:38 PM

This week’s podcast features Steve Esau, COO of SEA-LNG, and Bruno Piga, Research Consultant at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Steve and Bruno discuss the findings of their recently published report,  Comparing the future demand for, supply of, and life-cycle emissions from bio, synthetic, and fossil LNG marine fuels in the European Union. 

The study which was commissioned by SEA-LNG and conducted by the Maritime Energy and Sustainable Development Centre of Excellence at Nanyang Technological University, found that the average cost for delivered bio-LNG will fall by 30% by 2050 compared to today’s values, ‘mainly driven by the reduced cost of producing biomethane in large-scale anaerobic digestion plants.’

According to the report, this would make bio-LNG one of the cheapest sustainable alternative marine fuels compared to bio methanol and electro-fuels, including e-ammonia and e-methanol.

The report also found that that pure bio-LNG could cover up to 3% of the total energy demand for shipping fuels by the end of this decade and as much as 13% in 2050.

Steve Esau has over 25 years’ experience in the industry working with financial institutions, energy companies, governments and NGOs in a variety of strategic, operational and policy roles. He is COO of SEA-LNG, where he has been involved from the organisation’s inception. 

Bruno Piga is a Research Consultant currently working for the Maritime Energy and Sustainable Development Centre of Excellence at NTU. He has a background in Energy and Nuclear Engineering, but works on numerous research topics related to alternative energy: hydrogen and sustainable mobility for aerospace and maritime sectors, biofuels, geothermal energy, heat exchange in automotive application and life-cycle analysis of alternative fuels. 
He works in research projects in Europe and Asia to foster the use of clean energy in the power and transport sectors, including comparative analyses of alternative fuels for shipping with a focus on safety, costs and emissions. He has a Batchelors degree in Energy Engineering and a Masters in Energy and Nuclear Engineering.