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Wartsila, GEV Australia cooperates on propulsion solns for a hydrogen vessel

Image Courtesy: Global Energy Ventures (GEV), Australia.

The technology group Wärtsilä has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Global Energy Ventures (GEV) of Australia. The two companies will cooperate on the inclusion of Wärtsilä propulsion systems in GEV's compressed hydrogen (C-H2) ships. The MOU was signed in Sydney, Australia.

The cooperation aims at advancing GEV's Approval in Principle (AiP) application for its new 430-ton C-H2 vessel. It is also intended to demonstrate the availability of a highly efficient, low-emissions propulsion system for the vessel.

"We look forward to working closely with Wärtsilä on this project. We have shown that C-H2 shipping is ideally suited for exporting green hydrogen with a lower delivered cost and having a technology leader such as Wärtsilä with us, we can deliver a completely sustainable shipping solution," says Martin Carolan, CEO, GEV.

"This project is an important stepping stone along the journey towards a decarbonized maritime industry, something that Wärtsilä is fully committed to supporting. We are actively developing propulsion alternatives that can utilize future carbon-neutral fuels, raise efficiency levels, and significantly improve environmental performance. This agreement with GEV is fully in line with our own ambitions," says Petteri Saares, Sales Director, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

Compression delivers a proven, simple, and efficient method for transporting green hydrogen. It is a preferred solution for marine hydrogen transport but is often overlooked due to its lower volumetric energy density. The parties to the agreement believe that the C-H2 project will eliminate the technical barriers and deliver a solution that is superior to other transport alternatives. 

Author : Debi Dash
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