Ammonia has been identified as one of the leading potential zero emission fuels as it can be produced from renewable electricity and is already produced in large quantities including in the Nordic countries. However, ammonia-powered vessels also present a number of challenges – technology, safety, fuels supply and commercial viability that must be overcome before the promise of ships running safely on green ammonia can become a reality.
The Nordic Green Ammonia Powered Ships (NoGAPS) project will pave the way for the first ammonia-powered vessel. As a first step, the project will develop a proof of concept on how the barriers to the adoption of ammonia as a zero emission maritime fuel can be overcome, focusing on safety and efficiency, sustainable and steady fuel supply chains, as well as commercial viability. Based on the findings of the proof concept, the project partners will explore the potential for continuing the work on the first demonstration of a green ammonia powered ship with the goal of having it in operation by 2025.
Global Maritime Forum
To bring shipping in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, the maritime sector needs to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 % by 2050. This requires major advancements in technology as well as shifts in business models and in the ways of operating, including in the interface between land and sea.
To support innovation and collaboration in this interface, Nordic Innovation formulated a NOK 8 million Nordic Innovation Mobility Mission with the aim of decarbonising Nordic ports, transport of people and goods – on and between sea and land. Five projects were awarded support in March 2020.
After the project period has ended, the most promising project will be offered additional funding of up to NOK 3 million in the form of a grant.