Years of experience in navigating the maritime sector
With 90% of freight transported via waterways, new solutions were necessary to achieve a reduction of 50% of CO2e by 2050, and this meant examining how vessels are built, powered and regulated.
From Luxfer’s debut marine project – the Energy Observer - in 2016, the significant engineering challenge of H2 storage for maritime has been a focus.
Safety is key, particularly amid an unstable regulatory landscape and alongside issues such as the harsh, corrosive environment that requires durable and high-quality cylinder systems.
For over 15 years Luxfer has been supplying its high-performance G-Stor™ H2 alternative fuel cylinders to international shipping and logistics giant CMB (Compagnie Maritime Belge). As a result of this collaboration, hundreds of our cylinders are part of prototypes and early proof of concept hydrogen systems for both marine vessels and on-road vehicles. This includes the world’s first hydrogen-powered Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV), which was introduced by Windcat Workboats and CMB.TECH (the cleantech division of CMB).
The Hydrocat 48 reduces the emissions of wind farm operators and was launched in May 2022. It features a 27-cylinder dual fuel system and can carry 207kg of hydrogen. It is estimated that the CTV can reduce up to 80% of its traditional fuel usage and associated emissions through using dual fuel technology, as a pathway leading to 100% hydrogen technology.
Organisations such as CMB.TECH, who are making huge progress to wean the industry from fossil fuels, are providing an impetus that will change the marketplace.
A joined-up approach to drive forward hydrogen
The introduction of two world-class Teesside hydrogen hubs, alongside the government’s aim to increase production up to 10GW by 2030 and create 12,000 jobs in the industry, are important milestones in the UK.
While infrastructure and proving cost efficiency have affected hydrogen take-up, Luxfer is proud to have partnered with a number of forward-thinking companies, designing innovative projects. What we believe is needed is a joined-up approach to help circumvent some of the barriers.
Luxfer is well qualified to help shape policy, thanks to over 80 years of experience in gas storage. We are now part of a new think tank, the Hydrogen Transport and Storage Working Group, which was established by the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA), of which we’re a member. Its aim is to assess how hydrogen transport and storage in the UK should develop.
What’s fantastic is that we’re now at a critical point, with Luxfer engineers among a groundswell of organisations that are pushing the boundaries.
We believe, so far, that the world has only scratched the surface of hydrogen’s potential, and we’re proud to be a pioneer in this exciting space.