CMA CGM has become a partner of the Jupiter 1000 project, a demonstrator in Fos-sur-Mer set to produce green hydrogen and e-methanol from renewable energy.
Jupiter 1000 is a pilot project by GRTgaz which aims to use renewable energy in times of surplus to create low-carbon hydrogen and e-methane as a means of energy storage. The system also uses CO2 captured at a local steel plant to create e-methanol, recycling the greenhouse gas instead of venting it to atmosphere.
CMA CGM has backed LNG as a transitional fuel in its decarbonisation journey, meaning it has 29 e-methane read duel-fuel vessels in service and will have 44 by the end of 2024.
Christine Cabau Woehrel, Executive Vice-President of the CMA CGM Group, in charge of Industrial Assets and Operations, said: “The Jupiter 1000 project is of great interest to the CMA CGM Group as part of our efforts to find very low-carbon new fuel sources. To help us meet our Net zero target by 2050, we are resolutely committed to searching for and industrializing innovative non-fossil fuel gas solutions, with biomethane and synthetic methane.
“The Jupiter 1000 project will give us access to one of the first demonstrator projects of the kind. Moreover, it is located at Fos-sur-Mer, where we recently completed our first LNG bunkering operations. We intend to support the potential emergence of a whole new industry.”
The first electrolyser at Jupiter 1000 injected hydrogen into GRTgaz’s network in 2020, joined by a second unit using a different technology in November 2021. Hydrogen methanation facilities will be commission in June 2022.
“The interest shown by the likes of CMA CGM, a world leader in shipping and logistics, represents a major endorsement of the renewable and low-carbon gas industry’s credibility and of its efforts to rise to the challenges posed by the energy transition. CMA CGM, which has a clear vision for the future of the shipping industry, will help us to scale up the industrial performance of the technologies we are triallin,” said Thierry Trouvé, CEO of GRTgaz.
Source: By Gary Howard | seatrade-maritime.com