The world’s first hydrogen bulk carrier receives funding from Enova

Norwegian shipping company Egil Ulvan Rederi, fellow agricultural cooperative Felleskjøpet AGRI and German building materials company HeidelbergCement received NOK 100 million ($11.3 million) in support from Norwegian government company Enova to build the ” world’s first zero-emission bulk carrier.

Courtesy of Statkraft

“Enova supports the climate technology of tomorrow. It is a complete and well-worked project with a high level of innovation, which can accelerate the renewal of the fleet in this segment”, Nils Kristian NakstadCEO of Enova, commented.

“We have now taken another step in the transition to zero emissions in shipping. Innovative collaboration between product owners, forward-thinking energy companies and an innovative and competitive green shipping industry is showing the world that zero emissions for cargo ships is possible. Here, Enova helps achieve a new era for short sea shipping“, Espen Barth EideMinister of Climate and Environment, said.

The self-unloading bulk carrier, With Orca, is expected to be completed and commissioned in 2024.

The plan is to transport aggregates for HeidelbergCement and grain for partner Felleskjøpet from western Norway to eastern Norway, and vice versa, using emission-free transport.

In 2021, a tender was organized in which Egil Ulvan Rederi in Norway was selected as the operator who will build the vessel. The vessel will be very energy efficient and will have Flettner rotor sails and a simplified design to reduce energy consumption.

The freighter will be equipped with a hydrogen combustion engine, as well as a fuel cell and a hydrogen battery, to ensure optimal operation during loading and unloading operations.

Another innovative measure is the use of heat loss conversion technology by converting energy into electrical energy. This is a technology that has been used in land-based industry, but is not widespread on ships.

Last month, Egil Ulvan Rederi obtained approval in principle (AIP) from maritime classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) for his zero-emission hydrogen bulk carrier.

Provide bunkering solution for green hydrogen

Norwegian companies Statkraft and Skagerak Energi received NOK 14 million to support the development of green hydrogen bunkering solution for the world premiere zero emission bulk carrier.

Statkraft and Skagerak Energi work with container exchange as their primary bunkering solution for bulk and container ships. The compressed green hydrogen will be stored in exchangeable containers.

Specifically, hydrogen will be stored in compressed form in interchangeable containers, and fueling will take place by lifting empty containers from the ship and replacing them with full ones.

“This is a necessary infrastructure for a hydrogen ship and therefore in line with Enova’s investment in the maritime sector”, Nakstad added.

The solutions in this project will be relevant for both near-shore shipping and, to some extent, larger cargo ships, according to Enova.

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