© HAV Hydrogen
© HAV Hydrogen

HAV Hydrogen receives backing to develop and certify hydrogen energy system

HAV Hydrogen has received NOK 12.4m ($1.18m) to build, test and certify a containerised hydrogen energy system for ships.

The company will develop a full-scale prototype of its Zero Emission Pod, which was Approved in Principle (AiP) by independent energy expert DNV last year (2023).

The pod is a complete deck house in which several fuel cells are mounted together with a complete hydrogen distribution system, control and safety system including emergency shutdown system, ventilation system, cooling system, and DC/DC power distribution system.

Read more: HAV Hydrogen obtains DNV approval for containerised hydrogen system

The installed effect from the Zero Emission Pod is expected to be used for main propulsion systems or for additional power supply on board the vessel to comply with green operation standards. Quayside, the hydrogen system can ensure green power supply to the vessel.

The grant was allocated to HAV via Norway’s Environmental Technology Scheme, whilst HAV Hydrogen’s parent group, Euronext Growth Oslo-listed HAV Group ASA, will provide the remaining funds.

The approval issue facing hydrogen in maritime

Hydrogen’s role in decarbonising the maritime industry is becoming ever more pronounced with looming climate targets edging closer for shipping players. However, just how it will play its role has become an increasingly more prevalent point of contention.

Norwegian-based classification society DNV, in its 2021 Pathway to Net Zero Emissions report said that hard-to-abate sectors such as maritime, will still be net emitters by 2050, even if they scale up the introduction of greener technologies.

Read more here.

HAV Hydrogen’s Managing Director, Kristian Osnes, explained that the system is designed based on methodology complying with IMO’s fuel cell guidelines, which is “essential to create a mass market product that can quickly be adopted by the maritime industry.”

“The Zero Emission Pod can either be utilised as a retrofit option for vessels that have not already been prepared for a conventional retrofit installation below deck, or as a complete plug-in module that de-risks the yard installation for newbuilds,” added Osnes.

Gunnar Larsen, CEO of HAV Group, claimed the company’s solution offers an easy-to-install hydrogen system that will be attractive for vessel operators aiming to decarbonise, “without incurring unreasonable high costs.”

Testing and certification of the prototype will be conducted at SINTEF’s new test facility in Trondheim, Norway.

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