PGS and PGT develops ammonia to hydrogen cracking technology onboard Deltamarin ships

The Norwegian company Pherousa Green Shipping AS (PGS), together with Pherousa Green Technologies AS (PGT), an affiliated company to Metacon’s daughter company Helbio S.A., is announcing that it is designing and preparing for placing an order for up to six Ultramax dry bulk carriers, designed by the company Deltamarin in Finland.

The ship design is adapted for ammonia as bulk fuel and enables true zero-emission propulsion. Linked to the technology partnership around ammonia-to-hydrogen cracking, Helbio S.A. maintains its 10 percent ownership in PGT. At the same time, the Norwegian maritime technology and service supplier HAV Group ASA is announcing that it has entered as an industrialization partner and maintains its 10 percent ownership share in PGT.

Last year, Metacon announced a successful delivery of the first ammonia cracker prototype based on Helbio’s unique tubular reforming reactor technology to Pherousa enabling the feed of a PEM fuel cell with fuel quality according to ISO 14687:2019. The ability to crack ammonia to hydrogen at this efficiency level and sufficiently compact to be done on board ships opens up the possibility to develop carbon-free ammonia-based drive trains either as internal combustion engines (ICE), where hydrogen-facilitated combustion of ammonia is applied, or fuel cell (FC) based drive trains where the ammonia is fully converted to hydrogen and then electricity, powering electric motors. The preferred solution could differ depending on individual situations and preferences. However, none of the solutions involve any carbon and thus, both are truly zero CO2 solutions.

Hans Bredrup commented; “We are pleased to launch the Pherousa technology at a moment when the impacts of global climate change have reached new heights. By launching our Ammonia-to-Hydrogen cracking Technology onboard an existing Deltamarin design we aim at taking the lead and show the way for future potential customers of Pherousa and our technology. We are further pleased to do this in company with our partners and shareholders, Helbio S.A., Metacon AB and HAV Group ASA.”.

“Metacon continues to support Pherousa on its mission to enable sustainable shipping. Our role as both a technology partner and long-term supplier of key sub-systems to this future growth market constitutes a significant long-term business opportunity for Metacon. We also welcome HAV Group as a capable industrialization partner into this exciting venture.” says Christer Wikner in a comment.

Haseeb Ullah

Haseeb covers the global energy market for both conventional and modern energy resources. His expertise is on the global energy supply chain from generation to distribution and end-users. He has a Master degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
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