Green hydrogen and fuel cells key to maritime decarbonisation

Hydrogen is set to play an important role in maritime decarbonisation, but its widespread adoption in the shipping industry will rely on sustainable production, scaled-up solutions and reduced costs.

According to international classification society DNV, demand for hydrogen as an energy carrier could reach 24 exajoules in 2050 – from practically zero in 2019. The reasoning behind this sharp projected increase is clear: as an energy carrier, hydrogen holds significant potential to decarbonise industries and contribute to a more sustainable society overall. In shipping, it can help owners to meet the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of at least 50% by 2050 when compared with 2008 levels.

As a renowned provider of efficient, sustainable technologies to industries including maritime, ABB is a strong proponent for the use of hydrogen technologies in shipping operations. At the same time, the company recognises that certain obstacles must be overcome before hydrogen can be widely adopted as an energy carrier for the marine sector.

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