Project sketch illustrating a shipping lane, ship and windmills.

Zero Emission Energy Distribution at Sea (ZEEDS)

2020 - 2021 Active

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!”

Partners

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Aker Solutions

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Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab

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Equinor

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Grieg Star

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Kværner

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Wärtsilä

Contact

Jane Jünger
Wärtsilä

Background

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.

Contacts

Portrait Mikael von Dorrien

Mikael von Dorrien

Senior Innovation Adviser
Mikael has long experience working within the field of hightech startups. With a background from Swedish Almi Invest, he has in depth knowledge of the startup investor market. Since 2014 Mikael has worked at Nordic Innovation with entrepreneurship, Nordic Innovation Houses and now the Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity program.

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Nina Egeli

Senior Innovation Adviser
Internationalization, innovation and business development support, in combination with a strong background in strategy and policy development are main pillars in Nina’s professional life. Through project design and management, she aims to fit market needs with relevant services and opportunities that allows new business partnerships and business projects to prosper.

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Ivar Josefsson

Innovation Adviser
Ivar combines his international experience with an environmental background to identify the most promising Nordic projects for achieving sustainable growth. His main strengths lie within the fields of international relations and environment, and he worked briefly in the international development sector prior to joining Nordic Innovation in 2018.

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