Havyard creates new hydrogen company

Kristian Osnes, EVP at Havyard Hydrogen Photo: Havyard Kristian Osnes, EVP at Havyard Hydrogen Photo: Havyard
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Havyard Group is establishing a new, discrete company to manage its hydrogen system for larger ships which enables them to sail emission-free for longer.

The group will have the first system ready for approval in principle next year and its knowledge and expertise will now be brought together in the newly formed company, Havyard Hydrogen AS.

Kristian Osnes from Havyard’s R&D department will be the new company’s executive vice president. He said that Havyard has accumulated a lot of know-how about hydrogen as a result of recent years’ development work, adding that research had focused on large-scale systems, unlike previous maritime hydrogen projects, which have concentrated on lower output and smaller vessels.

'We can now offer a system with 3.2 MW fuel cells,” said Kristian Osnes. “This will make it possible for large vessels to sail with zero emissions over longer distances,” he said.

Such large-scale hydrogen systems make different demands as regards hydrogen handling, for example how important it is that the system also works as intended when a ship is out in the open sea and experiencing sea movement.

“This is one of the areas in which we've done a lot of pioneering work, the results of which will be drawn on in further work on complete hydrogen systems,” said Kristian Osnes.

In addition to being scalable, the system also includes flexible placement of the hydrogen tank, so that it will be easy to place in both newbuilds and modifications.


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