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June 11, 2021

TotalEnergies Ramps up R&D into Ammonia as Marine Fuel

As a carbon-free molecule, ammonia is a promising alternative fuel for large vessels and deep-sea shipping to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the shipping industry. In particular, green ammonia – produced from green hydrogen using renewable electricity, water and air – could play a major role in enabling the industry to meet the IMO carbon emission reduction targets proposed by 2050. © vchalup/AdobeStock

TotalEnergies announced today that it is extending research into the viability of ammonia as an alternative marine fuel, entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 22 companies across diverse industries to initiate a joint study on ammonia as an alternative marine fuel. These industries include energy, mining, power utility, chemical, terminal, shipping, shipbuilding, manufacturing, bunkering and classification society.

“Ammonia is seen as a promising future fuel for shipping from an emissions reduction and scalability perspective," said Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, Vice President Marine Fuels at TotalEnergies. "However, safety, technology maturity and affordability remain key challenges which we need to overcome. In tandem with TotalEnergies’ R&D efforts, we are delighted to be part of these pioneering, industry-wide collaborations, to unlock ammonia as a cleaner marine fuel for ships.”

This joint study framework will address common cross-industry challenges that need to be overcome for ammonia to contribute to the decarbonization of the shipping industry, including the safety assessment of an ammonia-fueled ship and ammonia bunkering, ammonia fuel specification and the net carbon emissions from ammonia production.

TotalEnergies has also recently embarked on a joint project with other maritime industry leaders, through the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, to assess the technical, financial and environmental potential of converting existing vessels to future fuel solutions and technology, such as ammonia.

In addition, since 2019, TotalEnergies’ membership in the Ammonia Energy Association – a global industry association that promotes the responsible use of ammonia in a sustainable energy economy – has enabled the Company to deepen its investigation of ammonia within its portfolio of clean energy technologies.

In July 2020, TotalEnergies also set up a Clean Hydrogen business unit, giving shape to the Company’s ambition to become a leader in the mass production of clean hydrogen, the first building block of green ammonia.



* The complete list of 23 companies that entere the MoU signed today:

  1. TotalEnergies
  2. ITOCHU ENEX
  3. ITOCHU
  4. ABS
  5. Anglo American
  6. ClassNK
  7. DNV
  8. Equinor
  9. Fortescue Metals Group
  10. Genco Shipping & Trading
  11. JERA 
  12. K-LINE
  13. MAN Energy Solutions
  14. Mitsui E&S Machinery
  15. Nihon Shipyrad
  16. NS United
  17. Pavilion Energy
  18. Trafigura
  19. UBE Industries
  20. Uniper SE
  21. Uyeno Transtech
  22. Vale
  23. Vopak Terminal Singapore