The Zero Emission Energy Distribution at Sea (ZEEDS) initiative envisions a network of offshore platforms that uses wind and/or solar to produce, store and distribute zero emissions fuels in a network of clean energy hubs placed near one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.
Though ZEEDS’ current focus is on green ammonia, the concept is classified as “fuel agnostic”, with the possibility of including fuels such as hydrogen or liquid biogas. Bunkering could be performed by autonomous units named Energy Providing Vessels (EPVs), fuelled by their own cargo and with a range of 50 nautical miles around the mother hubs, or fuel storage bases.
The ZEEDS-partners recognise that accelerating the industry’s transition to clean fuels will require a collective effort, and belive their unique competences and partnership, build on an open and honest collaborative approach, is necessary for the industry to achieve targets set by the European Union, the International Maritime Organisation and the Paris-agreement. Their call to the industry is based on the sustainable development goal number 17, "Partnership for the goals", with an invitation to the whole industry to:
"Join us, so we can work together to find the fastest route to achieve zero emissions shipping!”
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.