CMA CGM joins new hydrogen partnership

France's CMA CGM joins forces with another company to develop hydrogen aimed for the shipping industry. A "floating laboratory" will set the scene for the development.

Photo: PR / CMA CGM

CMA CGM joins forces with Energy Observer to develop hydrogen on a large-scale for the shipping industry.

Energy Observer was one of the first vessels to sail on hydrogen and now functions as a floating laboratory capable of testing new energy sources for the shipping industry.

"Our partnership deals with the development of cleaner and more sustainable energies to eliminate CO2 emissions, greenhouse gases and air pollutants. It aims to experiment, test and develop energy solutions based on hydrogen, solar, tidal and wind power," the two parties write in a press statement.

Several industry players have mentioned hydrogen as one way to reach the ambition – and not least requirement – of halving shipping's emissions by 2050 compared to the level in 2008.

Most shipping companies are working to develop a solution for the future, and it will take brand new technologies to achieve this.

According to the parties, "hydrogen generates up to four times more energy than coal and three times more than diesel". The hydrogen used to fuel Energy Observer is made from seawater by using various onboard energy sources like solar, wind and hydropower. Hydrogen is completely free from greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

"CMA CGM will contribute its industrial expertise to this floating lab, in order to promote the use of hydrogen as a zero-emission fuel source for the shipping industry in the years to come," writes the shipping company.

English Edit: Ida Jacobsen 

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