In shipbuilding, droplet separators play an important part in ensuring compliance with environmental laws and also protect downstream ship systems. They are used both in air intake systems as protection against rain and splash water and also in treatment of the exhaust gases from the engines. They also play an important part in contributing to decarbonization in the shipping industry.
Due to the increasingly strict limits for sulfur levels and the expansion of the Emission Control Areas, retrofitting efficient scrubbers has now also become an important prerequisite for economical operation of older ships.
In tropical climates, the intake air for the ship engines generates up to 200 tonnes of condensed water per day. Lechler droplet separators are also able to separate such large quantities and thus protect the combustion chambers from damage due to water ingress.