Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV), South Korean boat manufacturer Vinssen, and the EcoLabs Centre of Innovation for Energy (EcoLabs) at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to commercialise of eco-friendly marine propulsion system technology and products.

Under the agreement, the group will develop a pilot project in Singapore demonstrating hydrogen-based power generation by discovering in-depth knowledge about hydrogen to be used as an eco-friendly marine fuel by integrating hydrogen fuel cell systems on harbor crafts.

BV’s new Centre of Excellence – innovation, and Centre for Alternative and Renewable Energy (iCARE), will be leading the initiative and looking forward to working with Vinssen and NTU’s EcoLabs to produce commercially feasible studies that could empower organisations to take up sustainable growth and work towards a greener future together.

“Vinssen is actively developing propulsion and control systems for alternative marine fuels including Hydrogenia, Korea’s first commercial hydrogen-electric boat… With collaboration with NTU and BV iCARE, we hope to extend our product portfolio to Singapore and beyond,” Chil-han Lee, CEO of Vinssen, said.

“Hydrogen is a key element in the decarbonized economy. This partnership is expected to benefit the local ecosystem here while facilitating energy transition and associated infrastructure developments for decarbonization. We are pleased to support the development of the project through our extensive network of global partners, including corporate partners, government agencies, investors, research institutions and other successful startups,” Mahesh Kumar, Programme Director at the EcoLabs Centre of Innovation (COI) for Energy, commented.

Source: Seatrade Maritime News