100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply

In response of the climate objective to reduce CO2 emissions and for the reduction of environmental footprint from global shipping, Moss Maritime, along with the partners Equinor, Wilhelmsen and DNV-GL, have developed a new design for a Liquified Hydrogen (LH2) bunker vessel. The capacity of the vessel will be 9,000 m3, where the hydrogen is liquified at a temperature of -253 °C, and constructed to provide LH2 bunkering services to merchant ships in addition to open sea transport. The LH2 vessel design project is sponsored by Innovation Norway which comes at a moment when hydrogen is finally developing into a viable solution for the larger market. Håkon Lenz, VP Europe and Americas of Wilhelmsen Ship Management, states: “The commercial feasibility of such a vessel is depending on the overall hydrogen market development. Once market signals show that there is a need for big scale liquefied hydrogen, we and our partners are ready to take this design to the next level.

With close to 90% of trade conducted on high seas, around 3% of global emissions are contributed by international  shipping and is projected to increase by around 50% in 2050. However, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) wants to break the trend and has set a reduction target of 50% by 2050, compared with 2008 levels.

On February 4, 2019 the European Commission adopted measures to monitor shipping fuel consumption according with new global norms.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Wilhelmsen