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Vestas to test grey hydrogen-powered offshore wind vessel

Vestas has developed what it claims will be the world’s first hydrogen-powered offshore wind crew transfer vessel (CTV).

Vestas plans to launch the trial on 15 July
Vestas plans to launch the trial on 15 July

It worked on the vessel with long-term supplier Windcat Workboats, and plans to launch a pilot programme at the 370MW Norther Norther (370MW) Offshoreoff Zeebrugge, Belgium, Europe Click to see full details wind farm off the coast of Belgium later this month.

The partners hope to test the vessel – which is capable of being powered by hydrogen in combination with marine gas oil – between 15 July and the end of the year.

The vessel is due to be powered mostly by grey hydrogen –  made from natural gas – due to a lack of available green hydrogen – made from renewables – in the amounts needed, Vestas explained.

Vestas and Windcat hope to explore how the CTV can help to reduce carbon emissions from Vestas’ offshore service operations.

Christian Venderby, executive vice president for Vestas’ service division, said: Hard to abate sectors, such as shipping, will be the final frontier in our global journey towards decarbonisation. Hydrogen is a crucial technology to advance this journey, which is why Vestas is eager to test its potential to reduce emissions from our service operations.” 

Carbon emissions associated with offshore operations currently account for one third of Vestas’ scope 1 and 2 emissions – occurring from sources controlled or owned by Vestas and from generation of power purchased by Vestas, respectively.

The Danish firm aims to become carbon neutral before 2030 without the use of offsetting.

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