Norwegian fuel cell developer TECO 2030 is to partner with Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in the Netherlands to develop zero-emission hydrogen-based fuel cell propulsion systems for river going vessels, such as push tugs, dredgers, passenger and cargo ships, and low-profile coasters.
The two companies have signed a strategic cooperation agreement which aims to develop their joint expertise and competence in the construction of low- and zero-emission vessels. The companies hope the agreement will lead to joint projects constructing fuel cell river vessels, including manufacturing, installation, testing and common marketing activities.
The Dutch shipyard says it is seeing a strong push for low- and zero-emission solutions. Thecla Bodewes, CEO of the yard, stated, “The strategic cooperation with TECO 2030 will enable us to build world-class zero-emission vessels, realizing the sustainability goals of our shipyards.”
TECO CEO Tore Enger added that the move should pave the way for commercialization of its fuel cell technology: “The partnership with Thecla Bodewes enables TECO 2030 to commercialize the TECO 2030 Marine Fuel Cell on new-builds for inland waterway transport. This is just the beginning of TECO 2030 becoming a major provider of marine fuel cell systems.”