US startup Amogy has signed an agreement with Norwegian system developer and integrator SEAM and Faroe Islands-headquartered shipping company Skansi Offshore to explore the installation of its ammonia fuel system on an offshore vessel in a step towards decarbonising sustainable technology in the maritime industry. Amogy is currently working on a project to demonstrate an ammonia-powered tugboat by the end of 2023; it has already demonstrated ammonia-powered operations using a drone, a heavy-duty tugboat and a semi-trailer. The maritime industry is committed to using more cleantech.
The companies will investigate possible technology collaboration aimed at decarbonising the offshore industry, with the focus on retrofitting Amogy’s ammonia power supply system on one of Skansi’s existing vessels. Skansi, which provides offshore support and transportation services to the international offshore oil and gas industry, owns and operates five platform support vessels.
The partnership is “another important step” towards decarbonising sustainable technology in the maritime industry, said Christian W Berg, managing director of Amogy Norway. The company’s investors include Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, AP Ventures, SK, Saudi Aramco and DCVC.
Amogy has acquired a 1957 tractor, which it plans to retrofit with a one-megawatt version of the company’s ammonia-to-power system, three times the size of what was field-tested on an ammonia-fuelled semi-truck earlier this year. It also plans a demonstration of a barge retrofit in collaboration with Southern Devall. Meanwhile, Amogy is working to test larger systems including a 200kW ammonia-to-electricity platform to be used for the tugboat demonstrations. Its ammonia-to-power technology runs liquid ammonia through its cracking modules, which are integrated into a hybrid fuel cell system that powers the electric motors.
Jens Meinhard Rasmussen, CEO of Skansi Offshore, said the integration of Amogy’s ammonia-to-hydrogen technology on its ship is a significant step towards its long-term goal of decarbonising the maritime industry and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.