Ulstein designs hydrogen hybrid wind turbine installation vessel

By Adnan Durakovic Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein has unveiled a new hydrogen hybrid wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) design – the ULSTEIN J102.

Source: Ulstein

According to Ulstein, the jack-up can operate 75 per cent of the time in zero-emission mode. Using readily available technology, the additional cost is limited to less than five per cent of the total CAPEX, the company said.

Most new jack-up designs are featuring a battery hybrid system in addition to diesel gen sets, with a future option for a hydrogen-powered fuel cell system.

A high-power battery energy storage system (BESS), however, comes with downsides such as

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