Ceres and Alma announce maritime collaboration

Combining Ceres’ “best in class” solid oxide technology with Alma’s extensive experience in maritime system development, the companies will demonstrate an 80kW LNG fuelled system in 2024.

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By Alma and Ceres Published

Ceres a leading developer of clean energy technology, and Alma Clean Power a provider of clean power systems for ocean industries, announce they are working together on the demonstration of a solid oxide fuel cell system for the marine market. The announcement comes ahead of the Maritime Hybrid, Electric & Hydrogen Fuel Cell Conference, where Ceres and Alma will jointly present to industry peers on the benefits of solid oxide technology for the maritime market.

This initial project between the two companies, will integrate Ceres’ highly efficient technology into a modularised power system, developed by Alma, using liquid natural gas (LNG). Ceres will provide solid oxide fuel cell stacks for the development and validation of the power system. Alma will develop and build the 80kW system that will be tested during 2024 in Stord, Norway, before being transferred to a vessel for further testing.

Ceres’ solid oxide technology is robust, fuel flexible, durable, and handles vibration well, making it ideally suited to marine environments, including coastal, portside and offshore. Made from mass-market and widely available materials, Ceres’ technology is inherently cost-effective, modular and scalable.

Tony Cochrane, Chief Commercial Officer at Ceres, said:

“Our partnership with Alma will combine our highly efficient technology, with Alma’s marine systems development capabilities and market access. Decarbonising marine, one of the hardest to abate industries, is a crucial challenge for the globe to meet its net zero ambitions. We are excited to be collaborating with Alma, to drive the transition to a greener future for shipping”.

Hans Fredrik Kjellnes, CTO Alma Clean Power, added:

“The Ceres technology has a favourable weight and power density ratio, and its ease of integration made it a natural choice for Alma’s first natural gas demonstrator. Ceres partner’s fast production volume ramp-up addresses the cost reduction hurdle naturally associated with innovative and nascent technologies, which has been another decisive factor for Alma. We are excited about the opportunity to take this technology onboard a ship and the chance to advance our delivery of future-proof power solutions for deep sea shipping and offshore”.


Dwight Burden / Ben Brewerton, FTI Consulting (PR Adviser) | Ceres_power@fticonsulting.com | +44 (0)203 727 1000

Alma Clean Power
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About Ceres
Ceres is a world-leading developer of electrochemical technologies: fuel cells for power generation, electrolysis for the creation of green hydrogen and energy storage. Its asset-light, licensing model has seen it establish partnerships with some of the world's largest engineering and technology companies, such Bosch, Doosan, Shell and Weichai, to develop systems and products that address climate change for power generation, transportation, industry, data centres and everyday living. Ceres is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange ("LSE") (LSE: CWR) and is classified by the LSE Green Economy Mark, which recognises listed companies that derive more than 50% of their activity from the green economy.

About Alma Clean Power

Alma Clean Power delivers Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) systems for ocean industries. The company’s technology builds on more than 30 years of experience with research and development of SOFC systems which are characterized by high efficiency and fuel flexibility. Alma’s SOFC technology has great potential to decarbonize deep-sea shipping as it can operate on transition fuels such as LNG, with or without carbon capture, and enable zero-emission operations with future fuels. The modular design enables innovative ship designs, and the electrochemical technology ensures silent operation with no vibrations.