PONANT and FARWIND to develop green hydrogen refuelling solutions

2024-04-14T14:53:00+00:00 April 14th, 2024|Environment|

French luxury cruise ship operator, PONANT is collaborating with Nantes-based startup FARWIND Energy In the ongoing quest to find ways to de-carbonise.

The initiative involves a study on solutions for ship refuelling with renewable hydrogen.

“We are proud to share our roadmap with PONANT, an innovative company committed to low carbon navigation. This collaboration opens up new perspectives for our highly innovative renewable energy production technology. Capable of being produced near the ship’s operating areas, our liquid hydrogen represents a promising solution to de-carbonise maritime transport,” said Arnaud Poitou, Chairman of FARWIND Energy.

PONANT’s Swap2zero programme to achieve carbon neutrality across its fleet by 2030 and FAIRWIND’s energy ship project will be developed in order to:

*Share progress on the management of hydrogen on board.

*Collaborate on the development of first use cases.

*Overcoming potential technical obstacles.

*Commission PONANT’s Swap2zero project with the first energy ship by 2030.

Based in Nantes and the Caribbean, FARWIND Energy develops solutions to enable renewable energy to be supplied as close as possible to its point of consumption and in a form adapted to requirements.

Its energy ship technology aims to produce electricity at sea from offshore wind and transform it into hydrogen by seawater electrolysis.

The hydrogen can be transported to the shore to be used as a fuel, a solution particularly well suited to island territories, or refuelling of a ship at sea.

PONANT is working on one of the shipping sector’s most innovative R&D projects – Swap2zero.

This is claimed to be the first concept to approach, as far as today’s technology will allow, carbon neutrality for future ships.

Wind power is at the heart of this project, while fuel cells operating on liquid hydrogen are also under review.

This project aims to be a catalyst for new energy solutions, which can be introduced for the rest of the shipping industry.

This collaboration is an opportunity to jointly develop a major project that associates a ship with her own source of renewable energy produced locally. It is an unprecedented revolutionary approach that makes total sense. The Swap2Zero programme is the ideal demonstrator to scale up this solution and set new standards, “ explained Mathieu Petiteau, PONANT’s Newbuilding and R&D Director.