Developers of X-Bow container vessel concept assess hydrogen fuel cell propulsion

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A cooperative project between Edge Navigation and Ulstein to develop a container vessel concept to facilitate green energy power solutions is evaluating the use of hydrogen fuel cells for propulsion. Working with ABB, the partners on the X-Bow project hope to integrate fuel cells from Ballard Power Systems.

“Hydrogen is emerging as the energy carrier of choice across industries so we are happy to collaborate with ABB and Ballard Power Systems for developing a hydrogen fuel cell modular solution to the designs currently being developed by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS. Developing a new, efficient design for container vessels incorporating the Ulstein X-Bow will facilitate the transition to green energy propulsion for container ships. At Edge Navigation we have the ambition to bring economic and scalable non-fossil-fueled container ships to the market by 2025. With Ulstein’s innovative approach, we will have the flexibility in design to adapt the vessels to the charterers’ choice of fuel,” said Jakob Tolstrup-Møller, MD and CEO at Edge Navigation.

“In this phase of the concept development for the future, green X-Bow container vessels it is important to cooperate with forward-thinking players,” concluded Lars Ståle Skoge, commercial director at Ulstein Design & Solutions. “We are happy that ABB and Ballard are supporting us at this stage of the project.”

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