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Collaboration for zero carbon shipping

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Today, Haldor Topsoe and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping formalised their collaboration by signing a Partnership Agreement. With the Agreement, Topsoe becomes an official partner to the Center, committing to a long-term strategic collaboration about the development of zero carbon technologies for the maritime industry.

The collaboration will depart in the conversion of renewable resources – such as biomass and green electricity – to energy carriers and fuels. Topsoe is also developing and industrialising solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC) for highly efficient production of hydrogen by electrolysis of water. Topsoe and the Center are both parties to an already announced project, SOFC4Maritime, supported by a grant from EUDP.

“Haldor Topsoe brings on board experience and knowledge within technologies supporting the conversion of renewable resources, a key enabler for the further development of zero carbon technology and future fuels. Not only do they share our vision of a zero carbon shipping industry, they have also recently declared their ambition to be the global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024. We truly look forward to engaging them in our R&D programmes and activities, and in creating a solid transition narrative for the maritime industry” says Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO of the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

As a strategic partner to the Center, Topsoe will also join the Advisory Board, represented by Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer Kim Grøn Knudsen.

“It is great to partner with the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping. It is an exciting idea to let some of the shipping industry’s most prominent players join forces with companies that have the insight to accelerate the energy transition in maritime transport. Together, we can make a positive difference for the world and reduce carbon emissions significantly,” says Kim Grøn Knudsen.

Shipping’s road map to decarbonisation

With 70 000 ships consuming 300 million t of fuel every year, global shipping accounts for around 3% of global carbon emissions, a share that is likely to increase as other industries tackle climate emissions in the coming decades.

Achieving the long-term target of decarbonisation requires new fuel types and a systemic change within the industry. Shipping is a globally regulated industry, which provides an opportunity to secure broad-based industry adoption of new technology and fuels.

To accelerate the development of viable technologies a co-ordinated effort within applied research is needed across the entire supply chain. Industry leaders play a critical role in ensuring that laboratory research is successfully matured to scalable solutions matching the needs of industry. At the same time, new legislation will be required to enable the transition towards decarbonisation.

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