EST plays significant role in the energy transition towards hybrid of Hydrogen – Energy Storage
With the push for decarbonization, there is great demand for more sustainable techniques in shipping such as hybrid systems with hydrogen as an industrial energy source.
“We continuously explore opportunities in the energy sector that aim to look for realistic alternatives of fuel,” says Paul van Wijk, sales director of EST. One of our latest projects is the Elektra, which explores the opportunities of a revolutionary hybrid tug using hydrogen as a fuel source”.
“Due to its very specific properties, concerns have been raised in the marine field about the feasibility of hydrogen as an energy source. However, combined with our established marine battery technology, we have the ability to enhance energy density in zero-emission marine operations, while also improving vessel durability.” explains Kilian Hoffman, account manager of EST. The energy market is still in a transition phase and the dynamic interaction between the batteries and hydrogen fuel cells will be further explored and optimized during the project.
Elektra is clearly not a one man show.
The German consortium includes 7 partners; Behala, Berlin harbor’s warehousing and logistics firm; Herrmann Barthel shipyard; Ballard Power Systems, a supplier of fuel cells; Anleg, a supplier of hydrogen tanks; ship electronics expert Rostock; Imperial logistics, a shipping company; EST-Floattech; and TU Berlin.
Only together we create impact and a clean shipping industry.
We see an increasing demand to cooperate and find alternative solutions, continues Paul van Wijk, ‘not only consumers, who prefer to make an environmentally friendly ferry crossing, but also from shippers, shipbuilders and shipowners want to take their responsibility and remain competitive.’
Interested to read more about our Elektra project? Please read the full story here.