Horizon Europe Funds First-of-a-Kind Maritime Onboard Application of Superior Safe LOHC Technology at Megawatt-Scale With 15 Million Euros in Ship-AH2oy Project

By February 2, 2023 7   min read  (1253 words)

February 2, 2023 |

Fuel Cells Works, Horizon Europe Funds First-of-a-Kind Maritime Onboard Application of Superior Safe LOHC Technology at Megawatt-Scale With 15 Million Euros in Ship-AH2oy Project
  • Clean LOHC/SOFC propulsion system to power Service Operation Vessel,  providing significant improvement from conventional internal combustion engines.
  • With 8.5 million Euros, leading market pioneer Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies together with Hydrogenious LOHC Maritime receive largest share  within the total project funding volume.
  • Edda Wind provides Service Operation Vessels and have prepared their newbuilding fleet for LOHC based zero-emission solution.
  • Østensjø Rederi is a leading provider of integrated maritime services and project  manager for the Edda Wind newbuildings: The company will ensure key interface and machinery space for the project.

Germany/Erlangen, Norway/Haugesund. The Ship-aH2oy project will  develop and demonstrate a zero-emission propulsion technology on board ships  using green hydrogen from liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) on a megawatt  scale. The European Climate Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency  (CINEA) has informed the consortium of 17 partners that they will be granted 15 million  Euros (project period: 5 years). The concept is based on the combined use of LOHC  and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) as a powertrain, providing a significant improvement  from conventional internal combustion engines. The project has real-lab character as  the developed LOHC/SOFC powertrain will be demonstrated on board one of Edda  Wind’s Commissioning/Service Operation Vessels (C/SOV).

Hydrogenious’ LOHC technology with the thermal oil benzyl toluene as the carrier material,  already proven in stationary systems, allows for handling hydrogen in a very safe and efficient  way, at ambient conditions and by utilizing existing infrastructure (transport, bunkering, etc).  The gaseous hydrogen molecules are bound to and released from the carrier in a chemical  catalytic process (hydrogenation/dehydrogenation), without self-discharge over time. Due to  the inherent characteristics of the carrier (non-explosive, hardly flammable, among others),  the hazard potential is even smaller than for diesel and thus clearly superior to ammonia.

Fuel Cells Works, Horizon Europe Funds First-of-a-Kind Maritime Onboard Application of Superior Safe LOHC Technology at Megawatt-Scale With 15 Million Euros in Ship-AH2oy Project

In Ship-aH2oy, Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies will oversee the detailed design of the  LOHC release unit and the integration with the SOFC, while Hydrogenious LOHC Maritime  will interface with the external SOFC supplier and take care of the entire system to be  introduced and installed on the already prepared Edda Wind vessel. The design of a scalable  system architecture for larger ships and power plants by integrating several megawatt  LOHC/SOFC modules is consequently intended.

Østensjø Rederi as the project manager for the newbuilds is responsible for the key interface  and machinery space contributions, and jointly with ship owner Edda Wind, the aim is to  demonstrate the efficient operation of the onboard power plant using green hydrogen.

The Ship-aH2oy partners have already plans to retrofit several other vessels with  LOHC/SOFC systems after the first successful demonstration of the technology. In the further  course of the project period, a replication study for the developed LOHC/SOFC system will  follow, allowing easy replication in e.g., service vessels and ROPAX-vessels.

Dr Caspar Paetz, CTO of Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies:

“The very special technological twist in the Ship-aH2oy project will be the targeted high-level  thermal integration allowing SOFC residual heat to be used in the hydrogen release unit for  the endothermic dehydrogenation process. With this targeted efficient heat integration, a high  overall system efficiency can be achieved. Along with the inherent safety and handling  benefits of LOHC, this makes it the very viable emission-free fuel for ships.”

Øystein Skår, General Manager at Hydrogenious LOHC Maritime:

“Within the Ship-aH2oy project, we will enter the range of megawatt drive power provided by  emission-free LOHC technology. This depicts a relevant power range for a wide operation  range of service operation vessels and other ship types. Thus, in Ship-aH2oy a significant  reduction of greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved for a specific ship. Moreover, the  project is a large step towards the serial production of on-board LOHC power systems in the  megawatt range.”

Egil Arne Skare, Chief Project Officer at Østensjø Rederi:

“This grant demonstrates that the EU believes that LOHC is a technology that can cut  emissions from offshore shipping. The EU support allows us to test this ground-breaking  technology on board, and at the same time show that maritime operations for offshore wind  can be carried out emission-free. Østensjø Rederi is proud to take part in a project that will  make it easier to get more zero-emission ships with LOHC solutions at sea in the future”.

Kenneth Walland, CEO at Edda Wind:

“We are thrilled to be a part of Ship-aH2oy and to have the opportunity to demonstrate this  cutting-edge technology onboard one of our vessels. With the support from EU and our  excellent consortium partners, we are ready to take the next step toward zero-emission  maritime operations for offshore wind farms.”

Basis of the Ship-aH2oy project is the strong commitment of the wide range of industry  partners to realize zero-emission shipping. As the consortium covers the whole value  chain from design-offices and class-society to ship builders, owners and operators,  efficient dissemination and exploitation of the results will be a natural outcome of the  project.

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About Hydrogenious LOHC

Hydrogenious LOHC adds the missing link to high-performing hydrogen value chains globally. Based on its  Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology with benzyl toluene as carrier medium, Hydrogenious  LOHC allows for superior, flexible hydrogen supply to consumers in industry and mobility across the globe,  utilizing conventional liquid-fuel infrastructure. Founded in 2013, the portfolio of the market-leading pioneer  and its joint venture companies today includes stationary and mobile (on-board) LOHC-based applications:  Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies, headquartered in Erlangen/Germany, offers – within an EPC partnership  with Bilfinger – (de-)hydrogenation turnkey plants, Operation & Maintenance and LOHC logistics services – ensuring safe, easy and efficient hydrogen storage, transport and distribution. With its investors AP  Ventures, Royal Vopak, Winkelmann Group, Mitsubishi Corporation, Covestro, JERA Americas, Temasek,  Hyundai Motor Company, Chevron Technology Ventures and Pavilion Capital, Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies is a major enabler and accelerator for the energy transition.

Hydrogenious LOHC Maritime treads a new path towards safe zero-emission shipping. The joint venture of  Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies and Østensjø Group develops and markets an emission-free onboard  propulsion system, based on a first-of-its-kind LOHC/fuel cell solution. One compelling competitive  advantage besides its special safety: Hydrogenious’ Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier allows for utilizing  existing bunkering facilities onboard as well as in the ports. Based in Norway, the arising supplier for a global  sustainable shipping industry brings together congenial strengths of its two shareholders for the benefit of  very safe, easy and cost-efficient decarbonisation of shipping: With its proprietary LOHC technology, the  German Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies GmbH is changing the way to handle hydrogen, revolutionising  the supply chain for green hydrogen also for the global shipping industry. The international market-leading  pioneer holds a 70 percent stake and the Norwegian shipping group Johannes Østensjø dy AS contributes  its international maritime expertise that has grown over decades and holds 30 percent of the company.

About Østensjø Rederi

Østensjø Rederi is a leading provider of integrated maritime services. The privately owned group owns and  operates vessels within the segments of offshore wind, towage services, offshore oil and gas and offshore  accommodation, providing maritime services to the global offshore energy markets. Østensjø Rederi is an  international company, headquartered in Haugesund, Norway.

About Edda Wind

Edda Wind is a pure play provider of purpose-built Service Operation Vessels (SOV) and Commissioning  Service Operation vessels (CSOV) to the global offshore wind market since 2015. The vessels  accommodate wind turbine technicians and provide services during the commissioning and operation of  offshore wind farms. Edda Wind is headquartered in Haugesund, Norway.


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