Australia’s Global Energy Ventures (GEV) has appointed engineering and design firms for its new compressed hydrogen ship (H2 Ship) that will transport the zero-carbon fuel of the future.
A first-of-its-kind for the marine transport of large-scale volumes of hydrogen, the H2 Ship will have a storage capacity of up to 2,000 tonnes of compressed hydrogen.
Currently in the patent process, the containment system will store ambient temperature hydrogen at an operating pressure of 3,600 psi (or 250 bar).
Capilano Maritime Design has been appointed as naval architects and will provide marine engineering services to advance the design of the H2 Ship.
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has been hired to achieve Approval in Principle (AIP) anticipated for the first half of 2021.
ABS’ work will also include preliminary analysis to identify any significant potential hazards and the future design work to mitigate these risks.
GEV said the achievement of AIP will be a critical step to advancing the technical feasibility of the proposed H2 Ship.
“The successful delivery of Approval in Principle for the H2 Ship in the first half of 2021 will demonstrate there are no showstoppers to the proposed ship design and containment system for large scale marine transportation of compressed hydrogen,” Maurice Brand, Executive Chairman and CEO of GEV commented.
“The company has received extensive enquiries from proposed hydrogen export projects and other participants in the development of the hydrogen supply chain, and we look forward to progressing discussions on the economics, logistics and potential collaborations in the coming quarters.”
Following successful achievement of AIP, GEV said it will start discussions with suitable shipyards for cost estimates and construction schedule.