Ulstein, a family-owned ship manufacturer, has unveiled its first hydrogen-powered ship design which is now market-ready, offering zero emission marine operations.
The Ulstein SX190 Zero Emission DP2 construction support vessel features a Nedstack fuel cell power system and can cater for a variety of offshore support operations.
“The maritime industry needs to align and be ambitious in bringing green solutions forward for a sustainable future,” said Tore Ulstein, Deputy CEO for the Ulstein Group.
“With this hydrogen-fuelled vessel, we aim for future zero emission operations of long endurance.”
At present, the Ulstein SX190 design is capable to operate for four days in zero emission mode, however, with rapid developments in hydrogen storage and fuel cell technology, the company is aiming for a future zero emission endurance of two weeks.
“Ulstein is constantly looking to improve marine operations and to reduce the environmental footprint of the vessels we deliver to the market,” said Ko Stroo, Product Manager at Ulstein Design & Solutions BV.
“Implementing fuel cell technology in a workhorse like the SX190 CVS design is one of the steps we take to move the marine industry into a more sustainable future, in addition to our X-BOW® hull shape, ULSTEIN ZED™ ‘get-in-and-leave-no-trace solution’ and plug-in hybrid solutions.”
The PEM fuel cells used in the SX190 Zero Emission design are fuelled by hydrogen from containerised pressure vessels. The hydrogen storage containers can be loaded and unloaded by normal container handling operating and equipment.
The hydrogen containers can be refilled at hydrogen production sits, either from industry by-product hydrogen or green hydrogen from electrolysis.
Sea trails of a newbuild ULSTEIN SX190 Zero Emission could happen as soon as 2022.