Further reinforcing its commitment to researching the use of ammonia as a sustainable fuel for the maritime industry, C-Job Naval Architects has joined the Ammonia Energy Association. The Ammonia Energy Association is an international industry association with the aim to promote the adoption and use of ammonia in a sustainable energy economy. The move is a natural progression of C-Job’s long-term R&D programme looking at the viability of ammonia as a ship’s fuel.
C-Job has been researching the feasibility of ammonia as ship’s fuel for the past few years. The initial results look promising; ammonia can be created by using the periodic overcapacity of other renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. Furthermore, due to its long history in the fertilizer industry, ammonia is an easily sourced material with established safe working practices. Considering the maritime sector’s high prioritisation of safety issues, these tried-and-tested working practices are the crucial first steps to further implement ammonia as a fuel.
“We’re excited to be part of the Ammonia Energy Association,” commented C-Job Naval Architect Niels de Vries. “Their views on the future of renewable fuels in the maritime industry match the vision of C-Job. We are committed to further research ammonia’s potential and have the ambition to realise a safe and efficient ammonia fuelled vessel. As a member we look forward to further intensify our collaboration with other industries to realize our ambition.”
C-Job is planning to play an active role as member of the Ammonia Energy Association. In fact, Niels will be attending the 15th annual NH3Fuel Conference on 31 October in Pittsburgh, USA, where he will participate in a maritime panel discussing the challenges of implementation of ammonia as a fuel, the readiness of ammonia engine technologies, and the near-term opportunities for pilot projects and demonstrations.
Why is ammonia relevant?
Following on from the International Maritime Organization’s announcement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, the subject of environmentally friendly fuels is rapidly gaining ground throughout the global maritime industry. C-Job has identified Hydrogen Based Renewables (HBR) as the best solution and sees ammonia (NH3) as a high potential.
“We think that ammonia could be a viable and promising option for a clean and sustainable fuel,” says Niels. “C-Job has a strong track-record of using the latest technologies to design sustainable and future-proof vessels – an ammonia-powered ammonia carrier free of harmful emissions, is just one example of what the future might hold.”