World’s first hydrogen-powered offshore service vessel

Vestas is launching a pilot program to develop what could be the world’s first hydrogen-powered crew transfer vessel (CTV).

The wind energy company says that the project could help reduce carbon emissions from its offshore service operations.

Plans are for the CTV to be powered by carbon-free hydrogen in a combination with marine gas oil. Until the end of 2022, Vestas will reportedly research scaling up a pilot and looking into the opportunities and limitations of hydrogen-powered vessels in daily operations.

“Hard to abate sectors, such as shipping, will be the final frontier in our global journey towards decarbonisation,” said Christian Venderby, executive vice president at Vestas. “Hydrogen is a crucial technology to advance this journey, which is why Vestas is eager to test its potential to reduce emissions from our service operations.”

Carbon emissions currently account for one third of Vestas’ offshore direct and indirect emissions, the company said. The new CTV could generate CO2 saving of 158 tonnes, or 37% fewer carbon emissions in comparison to a traditional vessel. At present, the vessel is projected to be powered mostly by grey hydrogen due to a lack of available green hydrogen in the amounts required.