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TECO 2030 successfully injects fuel cell system with hydrogen

400kW module represents the most compact and energy dense system available for marine vessels and other heavy-duty equipment; TECO 2030 aims to deploy the first system during first half of 2024.

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TECO 2030 successfully injects fuel cell system with hydrogen

Engineering and equipment development firm TECO 2030 on Friday (24 November) said it has successfully injected its fuel cell system with hydrogen and created emission free hydrogen-electric power. 

The 400kW module represents the most compact and energy dense system available for marine vessels and other heavy-duty equipment.

By 2030, the target is to produce a capacity of 4.000 units per year at TECO’s giga factory in Narvik, Northern Norway. In that way, TECO wants to potentially reduce the amount of CO2 emissions similar to the number of annual emissions from countries like Sweden or Portugal and cities like Berlin or Toronto according to the C40 Knowledge Hub.

TECO’s fuel cell technology offers a compelling alternative to traditional diesel machinery, addressing critical environmental concerns, while also relieving the pressure on port- and city grid capacity, and the use of critical materials. The switch to fuel cells signifies a major step in supporting the clean transition targets under the European Green Deal, the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act and other frontrunner regions.

“A fuel cell is the next generation of engines and power generators, where hydrogen is the fuel,” says an enthusiastic Tore Enger, Group CEO, TECO 2030. “Operating one FCM400 unit instead of a diesel generator, saves our planet from over 9000 tons of CO2 emissions - or consuming over 3.5 million liters of diesel - during 35,000 hours of operations.”

Since the IPO in October 2020, TECO has invested heavily in its marine and heavy-duty fuel cells development, which has resulted in its leading fuel cell system.

Over the past few months, the company has built and installed the FCM400 into the test bench in Graz, where the goal has been to utilize the FCM400 to produce electricity from hydrogen. The first hydrogen has now been injected into the fuel cell module, validating the technology performance.

The system will undergo further testing, with the intention to deploy the first system during the first half of 2024. The manual production of FCM400 systems will continue at the technology development partner AVL in Graz, Austria for the next few units before moving the production to Narvik, Norway during the first half of 2024. The Narvik site is already well underway with manual production of fuel cell stacks.

The innovative fuel cell system is an advanced clean energy generation system. The attributes of the modular 400kW fuel cell system include industry leading energy efficiency, inherent safety concept, leading weight/size dimensions and component design, lifetime, and rapid dynamic load response.

“A remarkable accomplishment, our FCM400 system has officially been tested with hydrogen and produced electricity as expected and the performance data collected proves our expectation of how we have met or outperformed our own expectations,” says an engaged Tore Enger. “The road to a better and more sustainable future is becoming clearer and clearer to us as we reached this enormous milestone in our company’s history,” Enger concludes.

Photo credit: TECO 2030
Published: 27 November, 2023

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Ports of Rotterdam and Shannon Foynes to develop European green fuels supply chain corridor

Ports will also potentially work together on market development in this new market and jointly find final off-takers for supplies from Ireland including maritime fuels sector.

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Ports of Rotterdam and Shannon Foynes to develop European green fuels supply chain corridor

Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, on Tuesday (30 January) said it has signed an agreement with Ireland’s largest bulk port Shannon Foyne with a view to developing a supply-chain corridor for exporting green fuels into Europe produced from the west of Ireland’s limitless wind resource.

The agreement will focus on market and trade development for vast volumes of green hydrogen and its derivatives produced at the planned international green energy hub on the Shannon Estuary. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the ports identifies significant and identified scale-up volumes of green hydrogen commencing with proof-of-concept volumes by 2030.

Europe’s overall green hydrogen strategy for 2030 is to import 10 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen by 2030 for use in heavy industry and transport sectors that are traditionally reliant on coal, natural gas, and oil. The Port of Rotterdam intends to facilitate volumes of 40 million tonnes from across the world by 2050, a significant proportion of which can come from the Atlantic resource.

Further opportunities will also be explored under the MOU, including building coalitions with interested and suitable commercial parties and adding other parties to the MOU to help achieve a joint supply chain process for delivering the first proof-of-concept volumes before 2030.

The MOU also provides for engaging relevant public stakeholders to support the initiative and sharing of information regarding the potential supply of green hydrogen and green hydrogen derivatives, such as green ammonia, green methanol, etc, as well as sharing best practice information on areas such as desalination, high voltage electricity, industrial clustering around the H2 molecule and green ship bunkering processes.

The two ports will also potentially work together on market development in this new market and jointly finding final off-takers for supplies from Ireland. These would include maritime fuels sector, sustainable aviation fuels, green fertiliser and facilities with direct green hydrogen fuel requirements such as the steel industry.

René van der Plas, Director International at the Port of Rotterdam, said: “The port of Rotterdam is already Europe’s leading energy hub and recognises the significance and opportunity for all European citizens and industries arising from the green transition. To that end, hydrogen is one of our priorities and we are working hard towards establishing infrastructure, facilities and partnerships that will help deliver on this.

“This agreement with Shannon Foynes Port is one such partnership and can support our efforts to set up supply chain corridors for the import of green hydrogen into north-west Europe from countries elsewhere with high potential for green and low carbon hydrogen production. Shannon Foynes Port is an ideal partner in that respect.”

Patrick Keating, CEO of Shannon Foynes Port Company, said: “With the largest wind resource in Europe off our west coast, we have the opportunity to become Europe’s leading renewable energy generation hub. That will deliver transformational change for Ireland in terms of energy independence and an unprecedented economic gain in the process. In delivering on this, too, we can make our biggest ever contribution to the European project as we become a very significant contributor to REPowerEU, Europe’s plan to end reliance on fossil fuels.

“We can produce an infinite supply of renewable energy here and there are already a number of routes to market emerging for that energy. One such route to market is the development of a supply chain into Europe.”

“This agreement with the Port of Rotterdam is a key step towards enabling that. The port of Rotterdam already works on introducing the fuels and feedstocks of the future with major oil and gas companies and its broader port community of over 3,000 commercial companies. It can be a key supply chain corridor for exporting green fuels from the Shannon Estuary into Europe. This is very significant recognition and validation of the potential for hydrogen production generated in Ireland to be exported into Europe.”

 

Photo credit: Port of Rotterdam
Published: 31 January, 2024

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Hanwha Group in midst of developing carbon-free vessel without need for pilot fuel

Dong Kwan Kim, Vice Chairman, shared Hanwha’s blueprint for the development of a carbon-free vessel powered by alternative fuels such as ammonia at WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

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Hanwha Group in midst of developing carbon-free vessel without need for pilot fuel

Dong Kwan Kim, Vice Chairman of Hanwha Group on Wednesday (17 January) shared Hanwha’s blueprint for the development of a carbon-free vessel powered by alternative fuels such as ammonia at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

At a session titled “The First Fossil-Free Ship on the Water,” Kim shared that existing internal combustion engines require 5% to 15% of pilot fuel, diesel, for the purpose of ignition, hence building a vessel free of carbon emissions requires a fundamentally different approach. 

“This is why Hanwha is developing an ammonia-powered gas turbine to replace conventional engines, thus eliminating the need for pilot fuel,” Hanwha said in a statement. 

To achieve carbon-free electrification, Hanwha also plans to install hydrogen fuel cells with energy storage systems (ESS) as the vessel’s auxiliary source of power. An integrated ammonia cracker will produce the hydrogen required for the fuel cells on board.

Kim also unveiled a new vision for the decarbonisation of shipping and introduced Hanwha’s plans to build a zero-emission gas carrier. Powered entirely by alternative fuels, the new vessel will be an industry first — developed using Hanwha’s proprietary green technology. 

“Hanwha is challenging existing industry frameworks, spearheading new innovations, and paving the way for maritime decarbonization,” said Kim.

“We’re taking a holistic approach to the energy transition, driving disruptive change not only in the production and storage of clean energy but in transportation as well. Advancing green ship technology and establishing a robust clean energy value chain will help us gain ground in our journey toward net zero.”

Kim also announced plans to own and operate the newly developed green ships to bring the technology to maturity. Deep-sea vessels are capital-intensive investments. They take anywhere from two to three years to build and remain in service for two to three decades, making it extremely difficult for shipowners to invest in budding technologies. By demonstrating the benefits of green ship technology, Hanwha aims to lower the barriers for shipowner investment and drive demand.

 

Photo credit: Hanwha Group
Published: 22 January, 2024

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LNG gets top positions in Sustainable Marine Fuel Confidence Index

LNG-bio methane is placed at the top spot when it comes to the confidence of shipping and marine fuel industry stakeholders in bunker fuels; followed by biodiesel, LNG-e methane and green methanol.

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LNG gets top positions in Sustainable Marine Fuel Confidence Index

The Sustainable Marine Fuel Confidence Index (SMF Confidence Index), launched on Thursday (18 January) placed LNG-bio methane at the top spot when it comes to the confidence of shipping and marine fuel industry stakeholders in alternative bunker fuels. 

Biodiesel came in second place, followed by LNG-e methane, green methanol, green hydrogen and green ammonia. 

The inaugural Index was created at the Sustainable Marine Fuel Fest (SMF Fest), organised by uncommon conferences and ship.energy, which took place on 15 to 16 November 2023 in Valencia.

The ‘by industry for industry’ event brought together stakeholders from across the marine fuel value chain who stress tested and then populated the SMF Confidence Index, which is based on a framework developed by SMF Fest industry partners who represent companies that are interested in, and responsible for, the delivery of shipping’s energy transition. 

They include technology providers Wärtsilä and GTT, class society Bureau Veritas, industry association The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel, marine energy supplier Peninsula and shipowner Hapag-Lloyd.

Industry partner GTT, said: “At GTT we acknowledge the importance of certainty for our customers, and we believe this ‘here and now’ Confidence Index provides a tangible basis for their future fuelling strategy.”

“It’s also encouraging to see the high confidence levels in bio and synthetic LNG as important fuels in shipping’s decarbonisation journey.”

Ship.energy said where SMF Confidence Index stands apart from other industry surveys is that it cuts through some of the ‘decarbonisation hype’ and offers a pragmatic, realistic assessment by industry of the availability and accessibility of the required tools for decarbonisation at a given moment in time.

This first Index provides a baseline from which to chart and compare changes in industry confidence in shipping’s energy transition according to four key criteria (Technology, Infrastructure, Commercial and Environmental Credentials) and using five deep sea vessel segments: containerships, dry cargo, gas carriers, passenger vessels and tankers. These criteria/vessel segments are considered in relation to the use of 12 marine fuels (including grey/blue/green variants).

Participants at SMF Fest were representatives of a broad cross-section of industry stakeholders, all of which have a sharp focus on decarbonisation and sustainability within their respective corporate strategies. The Index’s confidence span ranged from ‘not at all confident’ to ‘very confident’ and a key takeaway from the exercise was that the contributors to the index are cautious about the commercial and operational readiness of most of the new fuels and their perception is that there are currently significant gaps and challenges to be resolved in the development of these fuels across one or more of the criteria used for their assessment.

The first SMF Confidence Index is a working document. The decarbonisation landscape is continually evolving – as are the responses of industry stakeholders to it – and the Index will reflect these changes. When we refresh the Index, the goal is to investigate what has moved the needle for a particular fuel(s) and apply those learnings to other fuels, thereby speeding up the energy transition, and moving on from the ‘wait and see’ approach which is currently being taken by many shipowners. 

Contributors will revisit its findings in mid-2024 and the Index will be fully updated at the next SMF Fest which will take place in the autumn at a location soon to be announced.

The Sustainable Marine Fuel Confidence Index - Overview

LNG gets top positions in Sustainable Marine Fuel Confidence Index

Note: The Sustainable Marine Fuel Confidence Index Report and detailed breakdowns of fuels measured against vessel segments and against key criteria can be accessed here

 

Photo credit: ship.energy
Published: 22 January, 2024

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