Ardmore Shipping-backed renewable energy company e1 Marine is teaming up with naval design and engineering specialist Navtek to develop hydrogen-powered vessels.

Initially, the two sides are eyeing the European car carrier and tug market.

The idea is to incorporate e1’s methanol-to-hydrogen generator technology with proton-exchange membrane fuel cell power solutions.

The first project will be to design a 120- to 160-metre-long hydrogen-powered car carrier that requires 8 MW to 10 MW of propulsion, with the focus then shifting to a methanol fuel cell-powered hybrid tugboat.