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EDGE Navigation, Ulstein explore hydrogen to power a container vessel concept
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EDGE Navigation, Ulstein explore hydrogen to power a container vessel concept

EDGE Navigation and Ulstein are evaluating the use of a modular hydrogen fuel cell solution to power a joint X-BOW container vessel concept design.

The potential use of hydrogen fuel cell solutions, which it is exploring with ABB and Ballard Power Systems, follows on from the duo’s recently announced collaboration which focused on fossil-free operations.

Commenting on the news, Jakob Tolstrup-Møller, Managing Director and CEO at EDGE Navigation, said, “Hydrogen is emerging as the energy carrier of choice across industries so we are happy to collaborate with ABB and Ballard Power Systems for developing a hydrogen fuel cell modular solution to the designs currently being developed by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS.

“Developing a new efficient design for container vessels incorporating the ULSTEIN X-BOW® will facilitate the transition to green energy propulsion for containerships. At EDGE Navigation we have the ambition to bring economic and scalable non-fossil fuelled containerships to the market by 2025 and with Ulstein’s innovative approach we will have the flexibility in design to adapt the vessels to the charterers’ choice of fuel.”

According to Tolstrup-Møller, the commercial shipping share of global greenhouse gas emissions has reached approximately 3%. However, with the declining costs of renewable energy and technology EDGE Navigation hopes to cut this percentage.

Celebrating its involvement in the project, Jesper Themsen, CEO of Ballard Fuel Cell Systems Europe, said, “Our PEM fuel cell systems offer a zero-emission solution with a particularly strong value proposition for medium- and heavy-duty motive applications, including marine vessels, buses, trucks and trains.

“We are excited to work with ABB in addressing requirements of the marine industry, as evidenced by Ulstein and EDGE Navigation’s decision to use Ballard’s fuel cell system for the X-BOW container vessel following DNV approval of the system.”

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