Alma provides clean power systems for ocean industries and other remotely located power needs, enabling zero emissions. Alma has developed a highly efficient energy solution based on solid oxide high-temperature fuel cell technology with the ability to run on multiple fuels. In a time where future green fuel availability is uncertain, Alma clean power technology allows ship owners to reduce risk by choosing the engine, not the fuel type.
Our mission is to accelerate the transition to zero-emissions in the ocean space
Alma Clean Power Modules
Flexibility in terms of size, power and fuel type, makes it possible to use our highly efficient clean power modules for most applications.
The shipping sector is responsible for ~3% of CO2 emissions, 13% of SOx emissions and 12% of NOx emissions globally. IMO 2030 targets to reach at least 50% reduction by 2050. Most of the emissions come from deep-sea shipping, which is also the most difficult segment to decarbonize. The Alma technology can eliminate all three emission types, enabling zero emission deep-sea shipping. The picture shows Viking Energy which will be retrofitted with 2 MW Alma fuel cells running on ammonia, allowing it to sail solely on the clean fuel for up to 3,000 hours annually.
OFFSHORE OIL & GAS
Although this sector will be phased out eventually, many decades with high activity remains. This makes the oil & gas sector a market with high priority for Alma to provide decarbonizing technology. Replacing gas turbines with fuel cells has the potential to reduce emissions offshore by up to 90%. Gas turbines exploit roughly one third of the energy in natural gas whereas a fuel cell can double the efficiency, while producing concentrated heat. Fuel cell systems with carbon capture will make offshore installations independent from electricity cables to land. Many platforms already have injection systems available, making CO2 storage relatively easy to implement.
Subsea is the definition of a remote area in the ocean industries. More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, subsea installations for a variety of applications has huge potential.
Sustainably harvested proteins is demanded by the consumer markets, pushing fish farmers to rethink their conventional way of harvesting, such as moving the fish farms offshore. Highly efficient and compact clean power system is needed at such remote locations.
LAND BASED POWER PLANTS
LNG operated power plants with fuel cells can contribute to reduce emissions from power generation in the transition phase towards only renewable energy sources. Our high temperature fuel cells can produce electricity and heat from natural gas. The system has very high efficiency levels compared to conventional power plants and the possibility to capture CO2 in a very cost-effective manner. The result is zero emission energy from natural gas and significantly reduced operational costs.
The ShipFC project will demonstrate that long-range zero-emission voyages with high power on larger ships is possible. Viking Energy is the world’s first ammonia operated vessel with a Solid Oxide fuel cell system provided by Alma Clean Power.