Project Verdant to be powered by hydrogen

A project supported by the UK’s national innovation agency, Innovate UK is aiming to retrofit a CTV (Crew Transfer Vessel) with hydrogen fuel cells, to cut emissions while servicing offshore wind farms.

Phase 1 of Project Verdant is now underway involving a preliminary design and feasibility study. If the concept is deemed viable subsequent project phases will seek to execute the concept design and test it in the field.

The project consortium is led by Orkney-based Green Marine, which supports the offshore renewable energy sector across Europe with marine engineering services and a comprehensive fleet of workboats, crew transfer vessels, heavy lift and transportation barges. It is being supported by project partners Waves Group and EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre).

Jason Schofield, Green Marine’s Managing Director, said the ultimate objective is to capture sufficient learning from the operation of a retro-fitted vessel to enable Green Marine to expand its fleet with new-build ZE CTVs (Zero Emissions Crew Transfer Vessels) and ultimately SOVs (Service Operation Vessels), to support installation and maintenance activities in offshore wind farms in the UK and further afield.

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