The ShipFC project won the «Best Outreach Award» during the EU Hydrogen Week in Brussels. The project, led by Maritime CleanTech, develops solutions for long-range zero-emission voyages.

– This is a great and well-deserved honor both for the ShipFC partners, and for Maritime CleanTech as a cluster. Engaging in outreach activities is extremely important when developing cleaner technologies and new value chains, made possible by the EU and Clean Hydrogen. This award highlights our efforts in following this up both on the European level and worldwide, says Håvard Tvedte, Interim CEO in Maritime CleanTech.

The European Clean Hydrogen Partnership Best Outreach Award celebrates public engagement of projects and aims to encourage beneficiaries of EU funding to communicate better about the project and the achievements. The partnership values creativity, but also thoroughly planned communication strategies, for public outreach.

– What the Ship FC consortia are doing is amazing. They´re in their own league when it comes to communication, says Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director Clean Hydrogen Partnership

Decarbonizing shipping

The Ship FC project will demonstrate that long-range zero-emission voyages on larger ships are possible – using Solid Oxide Fuel Cells powered by green ammonia. Maritime CleanTech is also coordinating the EU funded project.

– Our project can play a significant role in the urgent task of decarbonizing shipping. We experience a strong market interest when spreading knowledge about our ground-breaking project to the industry and the public. It´s crucial for us to show the world that collaboration is key if we want to eliminate emissions forever, says Tore Boge, Coordinator of the ShipFC project and Project Manager at Maritime CleanTech.

The project will see an offshore vessel, Viking Energy, which is owned and operated by Eidesvik and on contract to energy major Equinor, have a large 2MW fuel cell retrofitted.

#CollaborACTION in practice

Project Coordinator Tore Boge and Communication Lead Kari Stautland received the prize in Brussels on behalf of the Ship FC project consortium. They are both working for the cluster organization, Maritime CleanTech, which manages the project and the communications work in the ShipFC project.

– It´s truly encouraging to receive this award. The project is far from finished, and this will certainly boost our communication work throughout the project’s lifetime. We are grateful for our fellow project partners; they really appreciate the importance of sharing knowledge and information about technology development and are eager to do so, says Kari Stautland.

In addition to Maritime CleanTech, Eidesvik, Equinor, Wärtsilä, Alma Clean Power, Fraunhofer IMM, Yara International, University of Strathclyde, National Center of Scientific Research “Demokritos”, Persee, North Sea Shipping, Capital-Executive Ship Management Corp, Star Bulk Ship Management and Sustainable Energy Catapult Centre represents the Ship FC consortia.

The Ship FC project has received funding from Clean Hydrogen Partnership (previously Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking) under grant agreement No 875156. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and from Hydrogen Europe.