The European Union has awarded €15m ($16.5m) to a Norwegian-led consortium aiming to develop fuel cell and liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology for ships.

The Ship-aH2oy project plans to fit an offshore wind vessel owned by Edda Wind with a sustainable and scalable solution for power and heat generation.

A total of 17 partners from seven European countries are involved.

A 1-MW hydrogen power system, consisting of a fuel cell module and a hydrogen release unit, will be fitted on a new commissioning service operation vessel (CSOV) ordered by Edda Wind.