The partnership aims to develop standardized hybrid-electric marine solutions to help the industry meet ambitious emissions reduction targets.
U.S.-based engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and Danfoss Power Solutions’ Editron division have announced a strategic partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop and deliver a standardized hybrid marine solution to the global maritime market.
This collaboration aims to accelerate the global maritime industry’s decarbonization efforts and help customers meet evolving regulatory requirements.
Cummins’ Global Marine Director, Rachel Bridges, said the combination will help bring products and solutions to the market that are fully optimized for the marine industry. “Our customers are looking for streamlined ways to meet complex regulations and decarbonization goals, and together with Danfoss’ Editron division, we can help the marine industry,” Bridges said.
Cummins has set a “Destination Zero” strategy to reach net zero emissions across its products by 2050.
This collaboration comes at a critical time for the maritime industry, as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 2008 levels by 2030. To achieve this, local and regional authorities are enacting new regulations and certifications, encouraging shipping companies to transition to hybrid and fully electric solutions.
Cummins and Danfoss’ Editron division plan to develop standardized solutions for marine propulsion, focusing on variable-speed diesel gensets, fuel cells, and energy storage packages. Depending on the operational profile and energy sources chosen, the new hybrid-electric solution could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 100% compared to traditional diesel alternatives.
Erno Tenhunen, Marine Director of Danfoss’ Editron division, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership, citing the successful delivery of joint prototype projects.
“Through this partnership, we’re making it easier for all marine players to decarbonize their operations,” said Tenhunen. “We will deliver a complex tailored system and leverage the integration work in a more organized and systemized way by providing a single point of contact for our customers.”
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