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Shell sets to pave the way for cleaner, hydrogen-powered shipping after a successful trial
Royal Dutch Shell announced their upcoming feasibility study with partners on hydrogen fuel cells for ships in Singapore. The inaugural study will set the foundations for hydrogen-powered shipping. This came after Shell’s analysis confirmed hydrogen has the strongest potential to drive the shipping sector’s mission towards zero emissions by 2050.
Joint project between Shell, SembCorp and LMG
The trial will involve developing and installing an auxiliary power unit fuel cell on a roll-on/roll-off vessel that transports goods and lorries that ferry vehicles and equipment between Singapore and Shell’s Pulau Bukom manufacturing site located on an island near the mainland. A roll-on/roll-off vessel is a cargo ship designed to carry wheeled cargo such as cars driven on and off the ship.
Shell will charter the trial vessel and provide the hydrogen fuel. It is also working with SembCorp Marine Ltd and its unit LMG Marin, which will design the fuel cell and retrofit the vessel, owned by Penguin International Ltd.
Shell added the team would first carry out a feasibility study to install the fuel cell next year and the vessel will operate on trial over 12 months. Nick Potter, General Manager of Shell Shipping and Maritime for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, remarked: “We see fuel cells and hydrogen as a promising pathway for decarbonised shipping. Working with partners in this way will develop our understanding of this critical technology.”
To achieve the goals for the shipping industry set by the United Nations, industry leaders say the first ships with net-zero emissions must enter the global fleet by 2030. Ships powered by hydrogen could help meet the target.