World first Compressed Hydrogen ship and zero carbon marine transport for hydrogen

Compressed Hydrogen Ship

A simple, energy efficient and zero emission solution for transporting hydrogen

GEV’s proprietary Compressed Hydrogen ship is designed to store ambient temperature hydrogen at an operating pressure of 250 bar.

Scoping Study confirms compression delivers a competitive delivered cost

Findings demonstrate GEV’s compressed hydrogen supply chain will be a competitive large-scale marine hydrogen transport solution up to 4,500 nautical miles

The purpose of the Scoping Study was to determine the competitive shipping range and technical feasibility of compressed hydrogen as a 100% green hydrogen supply chain. The study evaluated exporting green hydrogen from Australia to Asia Pacific markets, as compressed hydrogen (C-H2), Liquefied Hydrogen (LH2) and Ammonia (NH3).

Further details from the Company’s announcement, 1 March 2021 are available here

Martin Carolan, Managing Director: GEV is delighted with the results of the Scoping Study, which confirms the compressed hydrogen supply chain is very competitive for the marine transportation of hydrogen at 2,000 nautical miles and up to 4,500 nm. When compared to LH2 and NH3, we have demonstrated compression is the simplest, with minimal technical barriers to achieve commercialisation. GEV will now accelerate its plan to address key markets for green hydrogen, advancing ship engineering, approvals and defining our own green hydrogen export project in Australia to support the construction of a pilot scale ship.

MOU’s with Ballard Power Systems & Wärtsilä

Compressed hydrogen shipping is ideally suited for transporting green hydrogen with a lower delivered cost and having technology leaders such as Ballard Power Systems and Wärtsilä, GEV can deliver a shipping solution that is completely sustainable. The design of the compressed hydrogen ship includes electric drive engines powered by onboard hydrogen fuel cells to enable a world first for a bulk carrier to become a zero-emission marine transport solution.

Ballard’s Rob Campbell, Chief Commercial Officer commented: Working with Global Energy Ventures will allow us to advance megawatt-scale hydrogen fuel cell and storage integration on board a large marine vessel. We are looking forward to collaborating with GEV on the visionary C-H2 Ship.

Benefits of the Compressed Hydrogen Supply Chain

  • Simplicity
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Cost Competitiveness
  • Minimal Technical Barriers

C-H2 Ship Specifications

  • The containment system consists of two tanks, with an operating pressure of 250 bar (3,600 psi) and combined capacity of 2,000 tonnes (full scale) or 430 tonnes (pilot scale) of hydrogen.
  • A stainless steel inner layer prevents embrittlement with six surrounding layers of ductile high-strength alloy steel to meet strength and fatigue requirements.
  • The advantage of multiple discrete layers is that should a crack form in one layer it will not naturally proceed through to the adjacent layer. This greatly improves the safety of the tank.

US Provisional Patent Filed

  • In December 2020, GEV filed a provisional US Patent application relating to multiple ideas that arose during the design of the apparatus for the marine storage and transport of hydrogen.
  • The inventor is GEV Canada’s Chief Technical Officer, John Fitzpatrick.
  • GEV will work on the detailed filing during 2021.
  • The Company has a successful track record of patent applications with two granted for CNG Optimum.

Class Approvals Program with ABS

  • In March 2021, GEV received ABS Approval in Principle (AIP) for the 2,000 tonne C-H2 Ship containment system.
  • Receipt of AIP confirms there are no unresolvable or unmitigable risks to prevent further successful development of the C-H2 Ship.
  • The Company will now commence discussions with suitable shipyards for an external confirmation of capital cost and schedule for construction.
  • ABS has defined the roadmap for the next development phase, which will include further engineering and design work in parallel with prototype testing, with the target for Full Class Approvals in 2022.

Expressions of Interest

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