TECO 2030 and partners start second EU Horizon project

2024-01-29T22:18:41+00:00 January 29th, 2024|Environment|

TECO 2030 has embarked upon a second EU Horizon project – Zero Emission Adriatic Ship (ZEAS) – together with 13 partners from various European Countries.

The overall project grant from EU Horizon is more than €13.5 mill, where over €2.3 mill is earmarked for TECO 2030’s delivery of 1.2 MW of fuel cells for full vessel propulsion.

This project is focused on a move towards the safe and sustainable use of climate-neutral fuels in maritime transport, specifically through a full-scale demonstration of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered system suitable for maritime applications.

The ship to be trialled is tailored for operation in the Adriatic Sea’s delicate marine ecosystem.

“This project further enables our efforts to showcase how fuel cells and hydrogen can be a large contributor to de-carbonise and eliminate harmful emissions of waterborne transport around the world,” said Tore Enger, Group CEO, TECO 2030 (pictured).

Key project’s key activities include the design and construction of the ship, the development of comprehensive hydrogen distribution, storage, and bunkering solutions, and rigorous testing through sea trials to ensure compliance with certification standards.

The project also places a strong emphasis on environmental impact, with thorough emissions assessment, environmental performance studies, and risk and safety evaluations.

Advanced digital technologies will play a crucial role, with the development of digital twins for monitoring, control, simulation, and predictive maintenance solutions enhanced by augmented reality systems.

These technologies will be rigorously tested and optimised for use by shipowners, operators, shipyards, and engineering firms.

“I’m excited to share that we’ve successfully secured our second Horizon Europe project! Achieving a perfect record in our EU project proposals is truly remarkable. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated partners and our in-house team for their exceptional proposal writing efforts,” added Fredrik Aarskog, Director of Business Development, TECO 2030.

This initiative involves an international consortium, dedicated to developing, validating, and showcasing a zero-emission passenger ship fuelled by hydrogen.

The partners include Lurssen Design Centre Kvarner, TECO 2030 and affiliates, Gitone Kvarner, Maritime Centre of Excellence, Jadrolinija, University of Rijeka – Maritime Faculty, DNV Greece, Hycenta research, TECNO Ambiente, Scan Projekt, Technische Universitaet Chemnitz, Zenlab and the Croatian Hydrogen Association.