PONANT, FARWIND Energy Partner On Renewable Marine Hydrogen

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  • In the ongoing quest to find ways to decarbonize and thus play its part in the maritime industry’s energy transition, PONANT is collaborating with the startup FARWIND Energy.
  • Understudy: innovative solutions for ship refueling with renewable hydrogen. PONANT’s ship program to achieve carbon neutrality when in operation and FARWIND’s energy ship program will be developed in close collaboration.

French cruise ship operator PONANT and compatriot startup FARWIND Energy are collaborating on innovative ship refueling solutions with renewable hydrogen, reports Offshore Energy.

Green hydrogen refueling solutions

PONANT and FARWIND Energy have defined a road map to develop production and use of renewable marine hydrogen. The plan is to share progress on the management of hydrogen on board and collaborate on development of first use cases and overcoming potential technological obstacles. The two partners have set themselves a goal to be in a position to commission PONANT’s Swap2Zero project and the first energy ship at the same time by 2030.

According to FARWIND, PONANT’s ship program Swap2Zero to achieve carbon neutrality when in operation and FARWIND’s energy ship program will be developed in close collaboration.

Swap2Zero is the first concept of a transoceanic vessel aiming to approach, as far as state-of-the-art technology will allow, carbon neutrality for its future ships, whether sailing, manoeuvring, in port or at anchor, FARWIND claimed, adding that wind power is at the heart of the project and low-temperature fuel cells operating on liquid hydrogen for propulsion are also being studied.

As for FARWIND’s energy ship technology, it aims to produce electricity at sea from offshore wind and transform it into hydrogen by the electrolysis of seawater, FARWIND said, noting that the hydrogen can be then transported to shore to be used as a fuel, or ship refuelling can take place at sea, helping accelerate the maritime transport industry’s energy transition.

The partners have set themselves a goal to be in a position to commission the Swap2Zero project and the first energy ship at the same time by 2030, FARWIND added.

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Source: Offshore Energy