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

Haldor Topsoe, a Denmark-based catalysis company, has joined Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.

On 2 March 2021, the duo formalized their collaboration by signing a partnership agreement.

With the agreement, Topsoe becomes an official partner to the center, committing to a long-term strategic collaboration in the development of zero-carbon technologies for the maritime industry.

As explained, the collaboration will depart in the conversion of renewable resources – such as biomass and green electricity – to energy carriers and fuels.

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Topsoe is also developing and industrializing solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC) for highly efficient production of hydrogen by electrolysis of water. Topsoe and the center are both parties to an already announced project, SOFC4Maritime, supported by a grant from EUDP.

“Haldor Topsoe brings on board 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,” Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO of the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, commented.

“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.”

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

“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,” Kim Grøn Knudsen said.

Founded in 2020, the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is a not-for-profit, independent research- and development center working across the energy- and shipping sectors with industry, academia and authorities.

Apart from Haldor Topsoe, strategic partners to the center include Alfa Laval, American Bureau of Shipping, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Cargill, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NORDEN, NYK Line, Siemens Energy and Total.

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