Innovation for energy transition

Compressors are instrumental in important developmental advances in industry. At Burckhardt Compression, we believe that technology and innovation are crucial to meet the sustainability challenge.

Since we were established more than 178 years ago, we have set new benchmarks and pushed boundaries to find solutions for both today and tomorrow. We are currently focusing our minds and developing new technologies for LNG transport as well as hydrogen mobility and energy.

Bridging technology paving the way to sustainable shipping

Burckhardt Compression’s Laby®-GI fuel gas compressors play a crucial role in the current transition of the shipping industry. The compressors enable liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be used as a fuel instead of the more carbon-intensive and sulfur-rich heavy fuel oil. This provides a short and medium-term interim fuel to meet the more stringent international environmental requirements until zero-emission solutions are developed. Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by up to 25% compared with heavy fuel oil, thanks to use of gas as a fuel and modern ship design.

Our Laby®-GI Compressor is the world’s only completely oil- and leakage-free high-pressure reciprocating compressor for the use of gas as a fuel in the shipping industry.

However, for LNG to serve as an interim form of fuel in shipping, efficient and in particular leakage-free use is crucial. All Laby®-GI compressors are gas-tight, thus preventing gas emissions into the atmosphere. We are also the only manufacturer capable of compressing gas to 300 bar by means of a large ring-seal compressor system without cylinder lubrication. Oil-free compression of the gas renders oil separation and filtration of the gas superfluous and saves up to 1’200 liters of lubricant per year.