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What’s Got Us Talking 15th April 2022

The latest news from across the industry that ‘got us talking’

Welcome to our fortnightly news round-up! Take a look at ‘what’s got us talking’, a collection of topical industry news from both our marine and industrial sectors. to supply hydrogen fuel cell solution for sustainable training vessel

Concordia Damen and the STC group have selected to supply a hydrogen fuel cell system and hydrogen storage solution for the Ab Initio – a 67m ship which will be used for the practical training of students of maritime courses by the STC-Group. The Ab Initio is expected to enter service in September 2022.

The ship contains an electric powertrain, and the deck is covered with over 200m2 of solar panels. Knowing hydrogen will play an important role in the shipping industry, the STC board decided to also implement hydrogen technology on the ship in late 2021. At the end of March, was selected to supply the hydrogen fuel cell system and hydrogen storage system as a complete solution.

“We are extremely happy and grateful for the support of the various parties that enable the application of green hydrogen on the new training vessel,” said Jan Kweekel, member of the executive board of STC Group. “We give our pupils and students the opportunity to become proficient in working with green hydrogen during their training. This knowledge and experience can come in handy during a career in the maritime transport sector that is constantly developing.”

The fuel cell system will be supplied with hydrogen gas by a 350 bar hydrogen storage system with a hydrogen capacity of 35kg. This combined solution is able to double the zero-emission sailing range of the vessel.

Carbon-reduction support from Volvo CE

Volvo Construction Equipment offer tailored support for customers to reach carbon-reduction goals.

In a shared commitment to reduce their environmental impact, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) are making it easier for customers to reach their own carbon-reduction goals with personalized plans.

Taking advantage of the breadth of their existing solutions and services, Volvo CE have developed a step-by-step approach with their CO2 Reduction Program to help customers realize their own unique goals towards carbon neutrality.

‘There is no one-size-fits-all solution and every customer’s business is different, which is why these tailored solutions offer a practical way to make significant improvements to how machines are used on site today and in the future,’ said Niklas Nillroth, head of sustainability and public affairs at Volvo CE. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and one of the most important actions we can take is to help reduce our customers’ emissions. The services we use have been built on decades of innovation here at Volvo CE, but now, for the first time, we are bringing them together in one cohesive programme that can be individually tailored to best fit our customers’ needs.’

The CO2 Reduction Program is designed to be easily integrated into customer’s plans, whilst maintaining required levels of profitability and productivity

Metso Outotec to acquire Tesab

Sustainable technology specialist Metso Outotec has signed an agreement to acquire Tesab Engineering, a Northern Ireland-based company offering mobile crushing equipment for aggregates applications including recycling.

While not disclosing the sum involved in the acquisition, Metso Outotec said the deal would have “no material impact on its financials”. Closing is expected to take place before the end of June.

This is the Finnish company’s second major acquisition in the crushing and screening sector in three years, following its purchase of Canada-based McCloskey International in 2019.

Tesab, whose product portfolio includes mobile jaw, impact and cone crushers, mobile screens, scalpers and stackers, will continue as an independent brand within Metso Outotec and manage its own distribution network. Its turnover for 2021 was around €30 million (US$32.7 million).

“We are very glad to welcome Tesab to Metso Outotec,” said Markku Simula, president of the aggregates business area. I am convinced that we can further develop their business. We intend to increase Tesab’s global reach by appointing new distributors and strengthening Tesab’s presence in new markets.”

Scotland’s vision for a ‘Blue Economy’ published

The Scottish government has published its ‘vision’ for becoming a world-leading ‘blue economy’, reports Paul Scott.

The document, ‘Blue Economy Vision for Scotland’, recognises that Scotland’s seas and waters have ‘a key role to play in contributing to the nation’s future economic prosperity, especially in remote, rural and island communities – and that a healthy marine environment is essential to supporting this ambition’.

The ‘blue economy’ is defined by the government as being the ‘sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, while preserving the health of marine and coastal ecosystems’.

Rural affairs secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “Together, we can achieve an ambitious transformation of the value of Scotland’s seas as we move from ‘blue economy’ theory into delivery, driving forward innovative solutions to deliver bold and ambitious change, helping to tackle the twin crises of nature and climate change, bringing real benefits to people and communities throughout Scotland and globally.”

It says that the publication of the document marks the start of the work to deliver ‘a collaborative approach for marine-related activity in Scotland’.