A new pilot project in Singapore that aims to demonstrate hydrogen-based power generation for marine vessels has kicked off.
Bureau Veritas (BV), Vinssen and the EcoLabs Centre of Innovation for Energy (EcoLabs) at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the goal to improve knowledge around hydrogen as a marine fuel by integrating hydrogen fuel cell systems on harbour crafts.
BV’s new Centre of Excellence – innovation, and Centre for Alternative and Renewable Energy (iCARE), will be leading the initiative and 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.
David Barrow, vice-president of Bureau Veritas South Asia zone, marine & offshore said: “Bureau Veritas is glad to have the industrial expert, Vinssen and a world-renowned university NTU Singapore working together hand in hand to come up with solutions for the changing industry needs. With strong industrial collaboration, BV shall continue to provide turn-key services for marine environment protection and innovation towards sustainable maritime.”
“Vinssen is actively developing propulsion and control systems for alternative marine fuels including Hydrogenia, Korea’s first commercial hydrogen electric boat. We take pride in our efforts to create environmentally friendly products that will have a positive impact on our customers while also reducing pollution on our planet. With collaboration with NTU and BV iCARE, we hope to extend our product portfolio to Singapore and beyond,” said Chil-han Lee, CEO of Vinssen.
Mahesh Kumar, programme director at the EcoLabs Centre of Innovation (COI) for Energy, commented: “Hydrogen is a key element in decarbonised economy. This partnership is expected to benefit local ecosystem here while facilitating energy transition and associated infrastructure developments for decarbonisation. 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.”
Following the agreement, the parties will be moving on to make detailed discussions on the project.