Dubbed the Hy-Ekotank, it is set to facilitate a 100% reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during voyages by retrofitting fuel cells with compressed or liquid hydrogen storage on existing Ektank ships.

The concept hopes to contribute to achieving the European Union’s ambitious climate targets, which aims to reduce GHG emissions by 55% by 2030, with the overarching goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

Tore Enger, Group CEO of TECO 2030, said, “We are humble to work on Hy-Ekotank with Ektank, Shell and DNV, as we believe these partners are a perfect match.

“With a cargo owner, shipowner, classification society, and a fuel cell provider, we will show the world what hydrogen is capable of doing for the maritime shipping industry. Remember it is all about eliminating emissions and increasing value-adding activities.”

The news comes after TECO 2030 announced in January 2022, it had partnered with Gen 2 Energy to provide green hydrogen and fuel cells for the maritime sector.

Read more: TECO 2030, Gen2 partner to provide green hydrogen and fuel cells for the maritime sector

Jörgen Johnsson, CEO of Ektank AB, commented, “We are pleased to contribute with our high-quality and energy-efficient vessels towards the development of zero-emission technologies to meet environmental demands and regulations.

“We are delighted with how suitable our vessels fit into the concept of Hy-Ekotank which is aligned perfectly with our Company’s environmental strategy.”

Hy-Ekotank backers, Shell said in February this year (2022) it had partnered with Doosan Fuel Cell, and Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering to develop green marine hydrogen fuel cells.

Read more: Doosan, KSOE, Shell focus on maritime fuel cell developments under new partnership

Stephen Brown, Technology Manager for Shell Shipping and Maritime, said, “We’re working with our customers and across sectors to accelerate the transition to Net-Zero Emissions.

“We will contribute to a Net-Zero world, where society stops adding to the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.

“This pioneering fuel cell concept will reduce carbon emissions in the maritime sector. We’ll continue to drive innovation to provide the cleaner energy that our customers need.”

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.