|Consisting of 14 partners from seven European countries, covering the whole innovation value chain, the consortium includes technology developers, academic institutions, maritime engineering concerns, a class society, digital transformation companies and a shipyard.
The Horizon Innovation Action project aims to develop, build and demonstrate a 35 m, 300 pax capacity vessel that will be powered by TECO 2030’s FCM400 fuel cell system to be operated in Southern Europe.
TECO 2030 said that it will work closely with all the consortium partners to develop the entire value chain ensuring full operational requirements for the vessel. This includes a functional hydrogen refuelling system, fulfilling infrastructure requirements, cost optimisation during operations and efficient data management.
The project’s proposal was submitted in April, 2023 and has been evaluated by experts in the European Commission in terms of excellence, impact and quality. The project was among the highest-scoring proposals in this field and has now been invited to join the Horizon Europe Grant Agreement Preparation.
The grant preparation process is expected to be finalised later this year, with the project start date due around January, 2024.
“I’m proud to announce that we have won our second Horizon Europe project. Winning two EU-projects out of two attempts is an extraordinary achievement, and I would like to thank our partners and our internal proposal writing team for their strong efforts,” said Fredrik Aarskog, TECO 2030’s Director of Business Development.
“We are thrilled to continue to showcase how hydrogen can contribute to the reduction of harmful emissions within the marine industry. This project has the potential to enable seaborne passenger transport, without any emissions,” added Tore Enger, Group CEO, TECO 2030 (pictured). “Our fuel cells are the first purpose-developed marine fuel cells, with an industry leading footprint without compromising efficiency.”
Renewable hydrogen is generally considered to be an important energy provider in the global efforts to combat climate change by limiting greenhouse gas emissions to the ‘well below 2 deg C scenario’, as agreed by more than 190 countries in the 2015 Paris Agreement.