Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday that it is working with partners to conduct a feasibility study to test the use of hydrogen fuel cells on ships in Singapore, the first such step for the world's largest hydrocarbon fuel producer. p>
The company said that if successful, the test will pave the way for cleaner, hydrogen-powered shipping, adding that its analysis points to fuel cell hydrogen as the zero-emission technology with the greatest potential to help shipping the sector to achieve zero emissions by 2050.
Shell will charter a test vessel and provide hydrogen fuel. SembCorp Marine Ltd (SCMN.SI) and its division LMG Marin will design a fuel cell and modernize a vessel owned by Penguin International Ltd.
“We see fuel cells and hydrogen as a promising pathway to decarbonize shipping, and working with partners along these lines will help us develop our understanding of this critical technology,” said Nick Potter, general manager, Shell Asia Transportation and Shipping. Pacific and Middle East.
To meet the shipping industry goals set by the United Nations, the first zero-emission ships should enter the global fleet by 2030, according to industry leaders. Hydrogen ships can help achieve this goal.