TECO 2030 onboard compressed hydrogen fuel systems get DNV’s blessing

Norway-based cleantech company TECO 2030 has won an additional approval in principle (AiP) from classification society DNV for its compressed hydrogen fuel systems.

Fuel cell system with hydrogen storage tanks. Courtesy of TECO 2030

“The Approval in Principle granted by DNV comes with no showstopper conditions, affirming the viability and safety of TECO 2030’s compressed hydrogen fuel system design,” the company said.

As explained, the systems are designed to be applicable for all ship types and encompass essential components such as the bunkering system, inerted tank connection space, fuel storage hold space, fuel supply system (including pressure control), and gas relief system.

Before construction and installation onboard any specific vessel subject to classification, TECO 2030 plans to provide a complete set of documentation tailored to the particular ship. This documentation will undergo thorough review and approval by DNV in accordance with established classification procedures.

“We are delighted to receive this additional Approval in Principle from DNV for our compressed hydrogen fuel systems. This recognition validates our commitment and competence to driving sustainability in the maritime sector and underscores the potential of hydrogen as a clean energy solution for the future of shipping. We remain dedicated to advancing our technology and working collaboratively with industry partners to accelerate the transition towards zero-emission shipping,” said Tore Enger, Group CEO, TECO 2030.

As part of its recent endeavors, the Norwegian company, together with compatriot shipbuilder Umoe Mandal, received “approval of preliminary design” from the Norwegian Maritime Authority for a multimegawatt hydrogen fuel cell-powered high-speed vessel design.

This marks the completion of the first stage of the complete design and approval process for the hydrogen-fueled vessel, following the procedures required by the International Maritime Organization IGF-code and “Alternative Design Process” design process.

TECO 2030 is also setting up Europe’s first giga production facility of hydrogen PEM fuel cell stacks and modules in Narvik, Norway. The production capacity will be built up through 2024 and 2025, targeting an output capacity of up to 200 MW of fuel cells in 2025, increasing to 1.6 GW in 2030.

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