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Haldor Topsoe joins Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

Denmark-headed Haldor Topsoe A/S, a global leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technologies for the chemical and refining industries, has announced that it has joined the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping as a strategic corporate partner. Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, the center is a not-for-profit, independent research- and development center working across the energy- and shipping sectors with industry, academia, and authorities.

Haldor Topsoe is also developing and industrializing solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC) for the highly efficient production of hydrogen by electrolysis of water. The company says that its SOEC electrolyzer delivers more than 90% energy efficiency when using green power to produce hydrogen, where current alkaline electrolyzers are at 70% (photo courtesy Haldor Topsoe).

According to a statement, the collaboration will depart in the conversion of renewable resources – such as biomass and green electricity – to energy carriers and fuels. Both organizations are parties to an already announced project, SOFC4Maritime, supported by a grant from the Danish Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP).

Haldor Topsoe brings onboard experience and knowledge within technologies supporting the conversion of renewable resources, a key enabler for the further development of zero-carbon technology and future fuels. Not only do they share our vision of zero-carbon shipping industry, they have also recently declared their ambition to be the global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024. We truly look forward to engaging them in our R&D programs and activities, and in creating a solid transition narrative for the maritime industry, said Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO of the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.

As a strategic partner to the Center, Haldor Topsoe will also join the Advisory Board, represented by Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer Kim Grøn Knudsen.

It is great to partner with the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping. It is an exciting idea to let some of the shipping industry’s most prominent players join forces with companies that have the insight to accelerate the energy transition in maritime transport. Together, we can make a positive difference for the world and reduce carbon emissions significantly, said Kim Grøn Knudsen.

Shipping’s road map to decarbonization

With a global fleet of around 70 000 vessels consuming 300 million tonnes of fuel every year, global shipping accounts for around 3 percent of global carbon emissions, a share that is likely to increase as other industries tackle climate emissions in the coming decades.

Achieving the long-term target of decarbonization requires new fuel types and a systemic change within the industry. Shipping is a globally regulated industry, which provides an opportunity to secure broad-based industry adoption of new technology and fuels.

To accelerate the development of viable technologies a coordinated effort within applied research is needed across the entire supply chain. Industry leaders play a critical role in ensuring that laboratory research is successfully matured to scalable solutions matching the needs of industry.

At the same time, new legislation will be required to enable the transition towards decarbonization.

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