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NOR - The post Hydrogen ship project wins Enova funding

A project to construct the world's first zero-emission hydrogen vessels has been awarded NOK 219 million ($25 million) by the Norwegian government-owned organization Enova.

As explained, the funds will enable Wilhelmsen, a Norwegian maritime group that leads the project, to further develop the technology and additional infrastructure required to support the shipping industry’s ambitions towards zero-emission fuels.

“The funds from Enova are a pivotal step in making Topeka happen, and an important milestone for the maritime industry and for Norway as a nation when considering hydrogen as a fuel,” Jan Eyvin Wang, Senior Vice President, Industrial Investments at Wilhelmsen, commented.

“To reach our ambitions for zero emission ocean transport, new technology has to be developed. Batteries cover many needs but not all. This means the introduction and usage of zero emission energy carriers such as hydrogen is crucial,” Nils Kristian Nakstad, CEO for Enova, said.

The funding from Enova comes two months after the maritime innovation project HySHIP was also granted more than $9 million in EU funding. Apart from Wilhelmsen, the HySHIP consortium partners include Kongsberg Maritime, LMG Marin, Equinor, Norled, PersEE, Diana Shipping, Stolt-Nielsen Inland Tanker Service BV, Air Liquide, NCE Maritime CleanTech, DNV GL, ETH Zürich, Strathclyde University and Demokritos.

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