Norwegian consortium targets hydrogen-based shore power solution for maritime sector

A Norwegian consortium comprising PSW Power & Automation, Westgass Hydrogen, CCB and H2 Production has been established to provide a high-capacity hydrogen-based shore power solution to the maritime sector.

The system, which has been designed by PSW and piloted over this autumn at CCB’s shipyard in Ågotnes (pictured), was demonstrated to the maritime industry yesterday (September 19).

Shipping is under pressure to decarbonise its operations. Supply boats, cruise ships, drilling rigs and fish farms have a high requirement for electricity – each can consume the equivalent of the power requirement of 400-500 houses for their on-board operations. Currently, they rely heavily on diesel generators.

Connecting to onshore power supply when docking at shipyards is a preferred solution to reduce emissions. CCB are a leading provider of shore power facilities to the maritime sector. However, they face significant challenges in meeting demand due to capacity constraints in the electricity grid.

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