Unitrove is kicking out a drive to decarbonize the global marine sector by delivering the world’s first liquid hydrogen bunkering station for zero-emission ships.
At the forthcoming UN COP26 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, the organization will also demonstrate its ground-breaking liquid hydrogen technology.
In May 2015, Unitrove completed the UK’s first liquefied natural gas bunkering facility at Teesport.
It is just now being seriously investigated for commercial heavy-duty mobility applications, according to the group.
Steven Lua, CEO of Unitrove, said, “”We already see very early signs of light-duty vessels being battery-driven or powered by compressed gaseous hydrogen, but liquid hydrogen will allow us to serve the heavier portion of the shipping fleet where we hope to have a much larger impact.
“We are also exploring options including ammonia, liquid organic hydrogen carriers, and solid hydrogen in the form of sodium borohydride.
“However, we understand that priority is currently being given to the development of international standards and regulations for pure hydrogen, and this could play a significant factor in the long run.
“We believe that hydrogen will be recognised as a global commodity that will be traded in the same way that natural gas is today.
“The bunker fuel market is worth an estimated $120bn, so there is a huge opportunity not only in environmental and social terms, but also financially.”