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- Solving the sustainable shoreside power challenge
New environmental regulations are requiring ports to provide cleaner power solutions for their operations and for berthing vessels. In response, demand for shoreside power is rising, but many ports lack the electrical infrastructure to support traditional systems. Not only do ports often share a local grid with neighbouring communities, creating demand surges that cause inconsistent power supply, but this infrastructure can also be vulnerable to extreme weather events. Unreliable ports are uncompetitive ones. It’s essential that port operators can find clean, renewable energy sources that meet both environmental and operational expectations. Achieving this requires developing agile power systems that are free from harmful emissions, and that can be adapted to meet a variety of differing vessel requirements whilst also being accessible across a range of in-port applications. In this The Maritime Executive article, our Managing Director, Robert Schluter, explores the innovations that can be combined to create flexible, affordable sustainable energy solutions in ports and the barriers that need to be overcome to accelerate their uptake. Read his insights in full, here.
- Thetius Study Highlights Advantages of e1 Marine’s Methanol to Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
Bend, Oregon, United States, 07 September 2023 – An independent study conducted by maritime research house Thetius has revealed that methanol to hydrogen generator technology, developed by renewable energy technology pioneer e1 Marine, can significantly reduce EPA-regulated emissions by up to 99% when using grey methanol when compared with conventional diesel engines for inland waterway vessels. The technology can also reduce GHG emissions by up to 85% when using green methanol as feedstock in the same application. The international maritime industry is under pressure to meet 2030 and 2050 International Maritime Organization (IMO) emissions goals, as well as local and global emissions rules, including those set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and European Union (EU). e1 Marine’s methanol to hydrogen generator technology makes it possible to convert methanol to fuel-cell grade hydrogen onboard a vessel. This provides a power source for hydrogen fuel cells and electric batteries, which can be used for primary propulsion. In the report, ‘Towards Zero’, Thetius’ analysis used 50,000 hours of operating data from eight inland diesel pushboats (workboats) in the USA to develop a cumulative load profile for comparison, which was underpinned by science developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The results of the modeling showed significant potential emissions (EPA and GHG) reduction versus conventional diesel engines for vessel operators who deploy methanol to hydrogen fuel cell power solutions. The conclusions indicated were: ‘Near Zero’ harmful emissions – achieving a 99% reduction of EPA-regulated emissions, including nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM), hydrocarbons (HC), and carbon monoxide (CO) based on using readily available grey methanol. Meaningful improvement on GHG emissions – up to 27% fewer GHG emissions when operating on readily available grey methanol. Towards Zero GHG – an 85% GHG emissions reduction is possible when using 100% green methanol, which is starting to become available in marine quantities. Substantial GHG emissions can still be made by using a blend of grey and green methanol. e1 Marine’s solution provides clear advantages of future-proofing inland waterways, ports, and short sea vessels against current and anticipated increasingly robust GHG and local pollutant regulation. It also enables ocean-going vessel operators an option to utilize the onboard methanol to hydrogen generator technology while in port amid more stringent port emissions rules. Robert Schluter, Managing Director, e1 Marine, commented: “As the shipping industry faces a plethora of regulations that will continue to ratchet up in terms of levels of compliance, it is vital to take a holistic approach to plan for next-gen propulsion. For smaller vessel’s main propulsion and ocean-going vessels auxiliary engines, the Thetius findings – based on a large amount of operating data, enabling a reasonable degree of accuracy - underline the capacity of e1 Marine’s methanol to hydrogen generator technology to almost eradicate local pollutant concerns and offer a clear pathway to 2030 and 2050 GHG emission compliance. “Renewable alternatives, such as hydrogen, are gaining traction. However, pure hydrogen faces challenges in transportation and storage, hindering its implementation for direct fuel usage. e1 Marine’s technology fosters sustainable and eco-friendly marine operations that negate these challenges.” Nick Chubb, CEO, Thetius, added: “Our model suggests that the e1 Marine’s methanol to hydrogen generators potentially produce 10-27% fewer GHG emissions than conventional diesel ICEs operating on grey methanol. Moreover, a blend of green and grey methanol can achieve substantial reductions, with 85% GHG emissions reduction possible when using green methanol. Therefore, the initial results are promising and show the clear advantages methanol to hydrogen generator technology can bring.” From 1 January 2030, a ship (being any containership and any passenger ship (over 5,000 GT) not otherwise exempted under the legislation) moored at berth for two hours or longer in an EU port shall be required to connect to an on-shore power supply (OPS) (or alternative, approved zero-emission technology). In the United States, port emissions are managed by local authorities, with policies that vary from state to state. For example, in 2021, California’s State Office of Administrative Law tightened emissions regulations defined by the Control Measure for Ocean-Going Vessels at Berth, which includes limits on GHGs and adds shore power mandates. A full copy of the Towards Zero report is available to access free of charge, here.
- Reduce EPA-regulated harmful emissions by 99%, produce up to 27% fewer GHG emissions - today
The maritime industry is working towards meeting 2030 and 2050 International Maritime Organization (IMO) emissions goals, as well as localized emissions rules to improve air quality, including those set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and European Union (EU). Proven clean technology solutions are part of this journey. Available now, e1 Marine’s methanol to hydrogen generator technology makes it possible to convert methanol to fuel-cell grade hydrogen onboard a vessel; when combined with hydrogen fuel cells and battery packs, it can even be used for primary propulsion or auxiliary power. Find out how our solutions can make a tangible impact on shipping’s decarbonization and nearly eradicate other harmful emissions when compared to traditional diesel engines. Download our study, ‘Towards Zero’ co-authored with maritime innovation consultancy, Thetius to understand the potential impact of methanol to hydrogen generators on cleaner shipping operations here:
- Careers | Marine Hydrogen Generators | e1 Marine
Careers Be part of something big. Our core principles of teamwork, accountability, customer orientation, health and safety, and continuous advances in hydrogen technology have built a collaborative and exciting corporate culture. LEARN MORE Our team is committed to creating an environment where employees can grow and keep pace with our rapidly evolving industry. We are an equal opportunity employer and believe that we will be better able to meet the needs of our diverse customer base through a diverse group of employees. e1 Marine is constantly looking for highly motivated and talented individuals who want to shift the world to a cleaner and brighter future. If you feel that any of the below positions describe your skills and experience, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to the contact information listed in the position details. e1 Marine Available Job Positions Engineering Manager Engineering Manager Date listed: July 5, 2022 Location: Bend, Oregon Opportunity Overview e1 Marine is a clean energy technology company based in Bend, Oregon, focused on commercializing methanol to hydrogen power solutions for the marine industry globally. Bring your attitude, integrity, motivation, capacity, knowledge, and experience to e1 Marine, and make a difference in the world and a career for yourself. "Why” e1 Marine Have what you do everyday matter. Join a team focused on bringing our clean energy technology to the marine industry, helping decarbonize transportation for a better world. Represent Industry-leading technology. Element 1 Corp is the global leader in methanol to hydrogen generation technology that has been developed over 30 years and commercialized over 20 years. e1 Marine has exclusive rights to bring this solution to the marine industry. Grow your worldview. Live in the USA but have the opportunity to think and work globally. Work with an executive team, technology partners, and customers based in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Pick the correct lane for your profession. Build your career in the clean energy industry that will experience strong growth for the next 30+ years. Have a job that is interesting and dynamic. This position has diverse responsibilities from personal management, pre-sales support, post-sales support, manufacturing, and product development. Be recognized and rewarded for your contributions. e1 Marine offers a highly competitive compensation package (salary, bonus, equity, and other benefits). Position Overview The Engineering Manager will report to the Managing Director. Primary responsibilities with managing the Pre-Sales Engineering and Field engineering teams. The secondary focus is overseeing the relationship with the Element 1 Engineering Support team, supporting product development, and being the primary liaison with the manufacturer. Duties and Responsibilities: Overall product manager and deep technical expert on e1 Marine products. Collaborate with the Business Development team as the technical expert in customer presentations. Build and manage the engineering team located in the USA and Europe. Assign tasks and priorities. Determine the technical requirements to meet client goals and act as a liaison between e1 Marine's business development team, system integrators, and manufacturers. Respond to customer RFI's –Draft proposals outlining the customer's primary pain points and the e1 Marine solution. Position the e1 marine solution as the ideal technical solution. Manage Hydrogen One vessel development to completion and coordinate efforts with technical partners. Manage relationships and direct manufacturer requirements. Develop customer product requirements and make recommendations to the management team. Manage product development process with Element 1 Support certification process with Lloyds Register, ABS, DMV, and various coast guards. Domestic and international travel from 15% to 25%. Qualifications A track record showing successful completion of measurable tasks, responsibilities, and goals related to position duties and responsibilities (listed above) individually and with a team. Knowledge and experience working with manufacturing standards (ISO) and safety certifications. (Example: UL, CE, CSA, ABS, Lloyd's Register) Familiar with the design change process and its implementation in production processes. Familiar with the continual improvement process Knowledge, and experience with MS Office software skills, particularly creating, editing, and formatting in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams. Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field (e.g., Chemistry, Engineering, Manufacturing, Marine Systems) or equivalent experience. Background with a technology-related company is a plus. Ability to travel up to 25% with a valid passport. Familiarity with international business is a plus. Compensation Salary: TBD depending on relevant experience. Benefits: Bonus, stock options, LTD, insurance stipend. How to apply Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- e1 Marine's Trusted Partners: Driving Innovation in Clean Technology
Element 1 is our specialist technology partner whose hydrogen generators have been designed, developed and proven over three decades. Element 1 is headquartered in Bend, Oregon and is a leading developer of clean energy technologies for a range of industry sectors. VISIT WEBSITE Ardmore Shipping Corporation owns and operates a fleet of MR product and chemical tankers, ranging from 25,000 to 50,000 deadweight tonnes. Ardmore Shipping provides seaborne transportation of petroleum products and chemicals worldwide to oil majors, national oil companies, oil and chemical traders and chemical companies, with its modern, fuel-efficient fleet of mid-size tankers. Through its technical and commercial management partners and its own in-house expertise, Ardmore has the global network in place to support its seafarers and deliver shipping services safely, decisively and effectively to its customers. VISIT WEBSITE Founded in 2015, Maritime Partners is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a leading provider of flexible financing solutions and new-build contract support for the maritime industry. Servicing the Jones Act trade and beyond, it offers operators access to its fleet of more than 1,600 state-of-the-art vessels. VISIT WEBSITE Founding Partners e1 Marine was formed as a Hydrogen technology partnership between three specialists and leaders in their fields: ELEMENT 1 Corporation (Bend, Oregon, USA), Ardmore Shipping Corporation (Cork, Ireland), and Maritime Partners LLC (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA). Hydrogen power for the marine sector: onsite, onboard and on-demand. Learn more about how hydrogen power can work for you. CONTACT US Methanol Institute Founded in 1989, the Methanol Institute (MI) serves as the global trade association for the methanol industry representing the world’s leading methanol producers, distributors and technology companies. As the voice of the global methanol industry, the Methanol Institute works to protect existing markets for methanol while promoting the growth of emerging energy markets. Our programmatic activities are driven by member-led committees covering: Global Fuel Blending; Marine Fuel; Market Development; and Product Stewardship. MI’s website at www.methanol.org is the leading portal for information about methanol, and their social media platforms highlight the latest news across the industry. Strategic Partner Associations RIX Industries RIX Industries is a global leader in designing, developing, manufacturing, service, and supporting industry-leading energy generation systems. Rix is a technology-focused company – and an expert partner working with e1 Marine to bring specialized hydrogen generation solutions to the market. RIX is a licensed manufacturer of Element 1’s M-series hydrogen generation technology Blue Sky Maritime Coalition Blue Sky Maritime Coalition acts to accelerate the U.S. and Canada maritime value chain’s pathway to net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by jointly developing and executing a roadmap to a commercially viable net-zero emission logistics value chain. Armistead Street Partners Armistead Street Capital Partners provides Strategic Advisory and Investment Banking services for institutional investors, corporates, project developers, private equity, and family offices. We focus on delivering unparalleled results for our clients across the Renewables, Hydrogen, LNG & Energy Infrastructure, and Marine industries. Armistead Street Partners are advisors to e1 Marine, Element 1 Corp, Ardmore Shipping, and Maritime Partners. Financial Advisor Partner Green Marine It is GREEN MARINE ’s mission to support and accelerate the maritime green transition process. They use the UN Sustainable Development Goals as their guiding framework and focus on sustainable business acceleration. Decarbonization of the global shipping industry is a requirement in most ports across the globe. GREEN MARINE is facing the challenge head-on by accelerating the decarbonization and transformation of the shipping industry.