Maritime transport is responsible for about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The solution for decarbonising this sector is Hydrogen power, as electrification is out of the question. Simply, the size of the battery needed would sink the ship.
There is plenty of activity being reported in ‘Hydrogen Shipping’ and one such deal is the European conglomerate that has contracted Norway’s Havyard to develop a new zero-emission ship concept for cargo transport.
Havyard said it will combine its expertise in ship design and hydrogen energy systems to develop an entirely new concept for transporting cargo between the ports of Europe.
“The framework for this contract is to develop a ship that uses hydrogen-based fuel as its primary energy source while at the same time giving the client an effective and safe ship. The goal is to design a large ship that can sail longer distances with zero emissions,” Lars Conradi Andersen, Vice President Sales at Havyard, commented.
In November, Havyard announced plans to create a new company to meet substantial market demand for its complete hydrogen shipping system, specifically in relation to the area of hydrogen propulsion for large vessels.
“This is precisely the type of project that we need to expand the portfolio of zero-emission solutions into new ship segments,” noted Kristian Osnes, Executive Vice President of Havyard.
Creating a hydrogen cargo ship ‘Digital Twin’
As part of the project development the R&D offshoot Havyard Ocean LAB could create a ‘digital twin’ of the ship to put it ‘in operation’ on a virtual ocean. This enables Havyard to experiment with literally hundreds of alternatives to define the optimum size and framework for the ship.
Havyard explained the process then continues with quality assurance and intel of the variables of the ships that emerge on top after several rounds of testing, enabling the client to select the best.
As part of the virtual testing, a digital copy is created of both the ship and the planned route including complete information about weather: wind, current and wave data.
“In this way, the ship has been in ‘digital operation’ before it has even been built, and all adjustments can be made to ensure maximal efficiency in terms of both the environment and budget” Havyard added.
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