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EDGE Navigation, Ulstein evaluating hydrogen fuel cells for container vessel

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EDGE Navigation and Ulstein cooperate on an X-BOW container vessel concept design to facilitate green energy power solutions for fossil-free operations.

The partners are now in the process of evaluating the use of a modular hydrogen fuel cell solution together with ABB and Ballard Power Systems.

“Hydrogen is emerging as the energy carrier of choice across industries so we are happy to collaborate with ABB and Ballard Power Systems for developing a hydrogen fuel cell modular solution to the designs currently being developed by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS. Developing a new efficient design for container vessels incorporating the ULSTEIN X-BOW will facilitate the transition to green energy propulsion for containerships. At EDGE Navigation we have the ambition to bring economic and scalable non-fossil fuelled containerships to the market by 2025 and with Ulstein’s innovative approach we will have the flexibility in design to adapt the vessels to the charterers’ choice of fuel.”

Jakob Tolstrup-Møller, Managing Director – CEO at EDGE Navigation.

“With the ever-increasing demand for solutions that enable sustainable, responsible shipping, we are confident that hydrogen fuel cells will play an important role in helping the marine industry meet CO2 reduction targets. We are delighted to collaborate with Ulstein and EDGE Navigation to explore the possibilities of powering a sustainable container vessel with an innovative fuel cell solution that ABB is jointly developing with Ballard Power Systems.”

Jostein Bogen, Global Product Line Manager for Electric Solutions, ABB Marine & Ports.

“Our PEM fuel cell systems offer a zero-emission solution with a particularly strong value proposition for medium- and heavy-duty motive applications, including marine vessels, buses, trucks and trains. We are excited to work with ABB in addressing requirements of the marine industry, as evidenced by Ulstein and EDGE Navigation’s decision to use Ballard’s fuel cell system for the X-BOW container vessel following DNV approval of the system.”

Jesper Themsen, CEO of Ballard Fuel Cell Systems Europe.

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