Is marine hydrogen the answer to net-zero shipping?

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Technology utilizing marine hydrogen fuel could provide energy for every vessel. As a result, less carbon dioxide would be released during the fuel’s production.

According to Antonis Trakakis – RINA Hellas Classification Society Technical Director Marine –  the implementation of a marine hydrogen fuel system will help the industry to be able to meet its 2050 emissions reduction target.

Most naturally occurring hydrogen is found as a combination of methane or water. It is necessary to extract the element from these compounds in order to obtain pure hydrogen. Under normal circumstances, hydrogen is a highly flammable gas with a broad flammability range that is colorless, odorless, tasteless, non-toxic, and relatively nonreactive.

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The maritime shipping industry contributes an estimated 3% to total global greenhouse gas emissions. The marine industry is predicted to have an increase in emissions of up to 130% during the same time frame as many governments, firms, and sectors strive to attain net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

How would marine hydrogen fuel work?

Trakakis proposed the combination of LNG with steam in a gas reformer. As a result, carbon dioxide and hydrogen would be produced from the LNG molecules. This production process would reduce the carbon emissions from ships when compared to the use of current fossil fuels. But this method of creating H2 does not completely eliminate carbon emissions, especially as Trakakis did not offer any advice regarding the application of carbon capture and storage technology. There are ways to power the ship without emitting carbon dioxide: using the fuel itself.

It is difficult and costly to transport and store hydrogen on a ship. A marine hydrogen industry can solve these challenges. Methanol to hydrogen generator products are simple, robust, and cost-effective and produce pure fuel cell grade hydrogen anywhere you need it, in real-time, as required by the marine hydrogen fuel cell power solution.

The ship can reach goal mission ranges before refueling because it does not need costly, volume-intensive high-pressure hydrogen storage.


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Our work with hydrogen

Using hydrogen, Universal Kraft offers a large-scale, environmentally friendly substitute for fossil fuels while maintaining the same functionality. In addition to direct electrification, hydrogen allows the green industry to make an impact outside of the grid through the production of green hydrogen for energy storage, gas greening through hydrogen methanation, and feedstock for locally produced, high-temperature industrial processes that are challenging to electrify.

A comprehensive and sustained shift to renewable energy depends on these green power options. For a period of years, Universal Kraft has been developing novel and alternative energy storage technologies. To optimize the decarbonization potential of renewables for the generation of green hydrogen and ammonia we work with our partner company Universal H2.

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