The European Union (EU) has funded €10 million euros ($11.05 m) to a project that is aiming to install an ammonia-powered fuel cell on a ship.
The aim is to create the world’s first supply vessel with zero emissions.
The ShipFC project benefiting from the money is an association of 14 firms and institutions co-ordinated by NCE Maritime CleanTech.
The work will involve the modification of Eidesvik Offshore’s Viking Energy ship. The vessel has been used by Norwegian energy giant Equinor for 17 years.
The aim is to install fuel cell modules with a total power of 2MW (megawatts) on board Viking Energy in 2024, Jan Fredrik Meling, CEO of Eidesvik Offshore said.
“This will make the vessel the world’s first emission-free supply vessel,” he added.
Equinor said the vessel would take supplies to installations located on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
Part of the testing is to see the Viking Energy use ammonia in transit between harbour and offshore installations for one year.
The firm envisaged ammonia also being used to power the ship when alongside the quay. Ammonia is a colourless gas, a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen with the formula NH3.
Cecilie Ronning, senior vice president for Equinor’s joint operations support, said the company was aiming to reduce emissions in its supply chain “and regards the use of ammonia as a promising solution”.