TECO 2030 and Skeleton boost maritime renewable hydrogen adoption


Norway – A strategic relationship between TECO 2030 and Skeleton Technologies aims to advance the use of renewable hydrogen in the maritime industry and show off zero-emission port and voyage operations.

In the HyEkoTank project, one of the largest marine fuel cell retrofit projects in the world, led by TECO 2030, Shell, and other consortium partners from three European countries (Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands), Skeleton’s SuperBattery will be integrated with TECO 2030’s fuel cell modules as a first step. Based on Skeleton’s work in the HydroCap project, which was supported by the Estonian government, TECO 2030 and Skeleton Technologies will then work together to develop cooperative solutions combining TECO 2030’s hydrogen fuel cells and Skeleton’s SuperBattery to enable the marine industry’s transition to net-zero.

The HyEkoTank project, which aims to eliminate carbon emissions during travel and port operations, began on February 1st, 2023, in Lysaker, Norway, and is expected to last for three years. TECO 2030 will demonstrate power supply for both propulsion and auxiliary loads utilizing hydrogen with zero emissions as the fuel by retrofitting six 400 kW Fuel Cell Modules into a container solution.

By lowering the demand for peak power from the fuel cell, Skeleton’s SuperBattery modules will significantly improve the performance and lifespan of fuel cells.

The HyEkoTank project is one that the European Union is funding through the Horizon Europe program in order to create optimized hydrogen fuel cell systems for maritime applications and hasten the transition of both seagoing and inland canal waterborne transportation to climate neutrality.

Shipping industry

Shipping is seen as a difficult-to-decarbonize industry, and its CO2 emissions make up 2.89% of global emissions. The sector needs modular solutions that are adaptable for new construction and retrofit, capable of lowering emissions, and flexible. The greatest way to achieve the sector’s decarbonization targets is viewed as renewable hydrogen, but in order to improve fuel cells’ performance and lifespan, additional technologies like Skeleton’s SuperBattery are required. In the future, the approach might find usage in industries other than maritime, such as heavy-duty trucks, rail, shorepower, and construction. Skeleton is already working on the HydroCap project, which is being supported by the government of Estonia and will look at these other uses.

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