- Highest Award for Sustainable Environmental Projects Presented at COP26 Climate Summit
In an extremely exciting ceremony, the Energy Globe Foundation announced the world winners in the five categories: Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth on November 8.
A total of almost 3,000 implemented environmental projects from 187 countries participated in this private initiative from Austria. For the first time in the 22-year history of the Energy Globe, there were five instead of three nominees in each of the five categories. This was decided by the international jury, chaired by Maneka Gandhi, due to the large number of innovative and outstanding projects submitted.
In the Air category, the goal was to avoid emissions or to make released CO2 harmless through storage. The winner demonstrated solutions for the international shipping industry, where more than 1 billion tons of CO2 are released annually.
The winning project “BEHYDRO HYDROGEN DUAL-FUEL ENGINE” from Belgium uses green hydrogen for this purpose.
Emissions that arise when using fossil fuels are the order of the day. Emissions from ocean shipping should not be ignored. The goal of BeHydro is to develop low-emission hydrogen combustion engines for ships and trains in the power range from 1 to 2.6 megawatts. The first 1 megawatt dual fuel hydrogen engine has been in operation since 2020. This engine works with a mixture of 85% hydrogen and 15% diesel. That means a CO2 reduction of 85%. In 2021 BeHydro developed a spark-ignited version with 100% hydrogen. That means no more emissions in operation.
BeHydro is the joint venture between two Belgian companies, namely Company Maritim Belge (CMB) and Anglo Belgian