“The maritime industry’s increasing reliance on Green Ammonia lends itself perfectly to AFC Energy’s high energy-dense alkaline fuel cell technology“
AIM-listed AFC will supply its new “S” series heavy duty maritime platform which is expected to host 2 x 600kW of alkaline fuel cell systems plus ammonia cracking technology within modular 40ft containers.
AFC will work with the ZeroCoaster Consortium, which is sponsored by the Norwegian Government and led by global shipping design and build partner Vard Engineering Brevik AS. The objective is to design next generation coastal cargo ships to accelerate the transition to zero-emission shipping solutions.
Vard, which is already a partner of AFC, has received approval in principle from certification agency DNV for the ZeroCoaster range of ammonia-fuelled vessels.
Vard has started commercial discussions with potential customers for ZeroCoaster ships featuring the power unit, AFC said, adding that to meet its decarbonisation targets for 2030 Norway alone is expected to require 1,100 low emission ships such as the ZeroCoaster.
Andreas Buskop, Vard’s engineering general manager, said: “We are pleased to have gained confirmation of our Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV, highlighting what we understand to be a world first in ship design for ammonia fuel cell and cracker utilisation.”
Adam Bond, AFC’s chief executive, added: “The maritime industry’s increasing reliance on Green Ammonia as a decarbonisation fuel lends itself perfectly to AFC Energy’s high energy-dense alkaline fuel cell technology. “
Bond added AFC had been working with Vard on design concepts for six months and the receipt of approval from DNV “is simply a confirmation and validation of the role our technology will play in supporting mariners to achieve stringent greenhouse reduction targets”.
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