Norway’s Teco 2030 has revealed it is working with Shell on a project to retrofit tankers with hydrogen power.
The Oslo-listed technology company said the programme also involves Swedish shipowner Ektank and classification society DNV, and will focus on fuel cells.
A Teco 2030 spokesman told TradeWinds the retrofit concept is intended for a chemical and product tanker.
However, it can be applied to several vessel types and their needs, he said.
Ships of about 20,000 dwt are being targeted initially, but the concept can easily be adapted to other vessel sizes and segments, he added.
The first vessel could be operational by 2024.
The hydrogen-fuelled tankers will allow zero emissions in port, and an up to 100% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions during voyages.
“This pioneering concept could become a first mover in this maritime shipping segment and contribute to the developments of achieving the ambitious climate targets committed by the European Union,” Teco 2030 said.
The company believes there is an increasing need for technological innovation in zero-emission solutions, particularly in the retrofitting of existing ships.
“We are pleased to contribute with our high-quality and energy-efficient vessels towards the development of zero-emission technologies to meet environmental demands and regulations,” said Ektank chief executive Jorgen Johnsson.
“We are delighted with how suitable our vessels fit into the concept of Hy-Ekotank, which is aligned perfectly with our company’s environmental strategy.”
Ektank has five tankers of up to 18,000 dwt.
Stephen Brown, technology manager at Shell Shipping & Maritime, said the pioneering fuel cell concept will reduce carbon emissions.
“We’ll continue to drive innovation to provide the cleaner energy that our customers need,” he added.
Tore Enger, group CEO of Teco 2030, believes the partners are a perfect match.
“With a cargo owner, shipowner, classification society and a fuel cell provider, we will show the world what hydrogen is capable of doing for the maritime shipping industry,” he added.
“Remember, it is all about eliminating emissions and increasing value-adding activities.”