Shell, Sembcorp Marine to Trial Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Ships in Singapore
By Justina Lee
Global oil major Royal Dutch Shell PLC is partnering with
Sembcorp Marine Ltd. in Singapore to study the use of hydrogen fuel
cells for ships, the first step in potentially promoting wider use
of the clean fuel in the local shipping industry.
Shell said Wednesday that the companies will carry out a
feasibility study, with the goal of installing a fuel cell on a
ship next year for a 12-month trial. Shell will provide hydrogen
fuel for the trial, with a unit of Sembcorp Marine designing a fuel
cell and retrofitting the test vessel.
Shell said the test could pave the way for environmentally
cleaner shipping. Fuel cells may be the zero-emissions technology
with the biggest potential to help the shipping sector achieve
net-zero emissions in the coming decades, it said.
"This trial is an important step in demonstrating the
applicability of hydrogen and fuel cells on ships," said Nick
Potter, general manager of Shell Shipping & Maritime in
Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. "We see fuel cells and hydrogen
as a promising pathway for decarbonizing shipping."
The International Maritime Organization has set a goal of at
least halving greenhouse-gas emissions across the shipping industry
by 2050. Shell targets cutting its own emissions to net-zero by
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