Container shipping giant CMA CGM is partnering with the research vessel Energy Observer to develop cleaner, more sustainable energies and deploy them on a large scale in the shipping industry, the companies said today.
Energy Observer is the first hydrogen-powered vessel to embark on a round-the-world voyage, functioning as a floating laboratory for clean energy projects. Hydrogen generates up to four times more energy than coal and three times more than diesel, the companies said. The green hydrogen that powers Energy Observer is made from seawater using on-board renewable sources of electricity—solar, wind, and hydropower—and does not result in any greenhouse gas or fine particle emissions, the companies also said.
Through the partnership, research and development experts from both entities will work together to experiment, test, develop and promote hydrogen as an energy source for the industry. Together, they will travel the world to present new technology solutions and raise awareness of the importance of clean energy solutions to a variety of audiences, the companies said.
"CMA CGM is joining forces with Energy Observer to accelerate the development of tomorrow's energy solutions, particularly hydrogen," said Tanya Saadé Zeenny, executive officer of Marseille, France-based CMA CGM Group. "Our partnership will mobilize all of CMA CGM's know-how. Our teams of engineers and R&D experts are already working and our network around the world will be strongly mobilized to ensure the logistical support of Energy Observer's worldwide ports of call."