Teco 2030, the Norwegian hydrogen shipping company and the Styrian propulsion specialist AVL are working together to develop fuel cells.
AVL is also involved in the planning and construction of the Norwegian factory to produce fuel cells with an output of 1,200 MW per year, as announced by the subsidiary of the Teco Maritime Group.
The goal is to establish the first mass production of fuel cells in Norway and become a hub for the Norwegian hydrogen industry, explains Tore Enger, head of Teco 2030. There will also be an innovation centre next to the factory. Production in the plant is planned for 2022.
With a planned investment of around 100 million euros, 500 jobs will be created at the site. The company is currently examining potential locations for the plant in eastern Norway, it said. Proximity to technology and shipping networks is essential, explains Teco 2030.
The Norwegian shipping company wants to deliver a marine hydrogen solution that is more efficient, compact and durable than conventional fuel cells. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) strives to reduce CO2 emissions at sea by 40 % by 2030 and by 70 % by 2050 compared to 2008, Teco explained in 2030.
Hydrogen Transport along the Danube
Teco 2030 is a Green Hydrogen @ Blue Danube project partner, in which hydrogen is generated from solar and wind power in Romania. It is transported by ships along the Danube to industrial customers in Austria and Germany.
In addition to AVL, the domestic energy supplier Verbund and the German companies Siemens and Bosch are also involved in the project. In this context, the Norwegian company plans to deliver hydrogen-powered pushers that push barges along the Danube, according to Teco 2030.