The partnership aims to develop standardized hybrid-electric ship solutions to help the industry meet ambitious emissions reduction targets.
US-based engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and Editron division of Danfoss Power Solutions have announced a strategic partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop and deliver a standardized hybrid marine solution for the global marine market.
This collaboration aims to accelerate the global shipping industry’s decarbonization efforts and help customers meet evolving regulatory requirements.
Rachel Bridges, Cummins Global Marine Director, said the combination will help bring to market products and solutions that are fully optimized for the marine industry. “Our customers are looking for streamlined ways to meet complex regulations and decarbonization targets, and together with Danfoss’ Editron division we can help the marine industry,” said Bridges.
Cummins has established a “Destination Zero” strategy to achieve net-zero emissions from its products by 2050.
This collaboration comes at a critical time for the maritime industry as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 2008 levels. To achieve this, local and regional authorities are issuing new regulations and certifications encouraging shipping companies to switch to hybrid and all-electric solutions.
Cummins and Danfoss’ Editron business plans to develop standardized marine propulsion solutions with a focus on variable speed diesel gensets, fuel cells and energy storage packages. Depending on the operating profile and the 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 his enthusiasm for the partnership, noting the successful implementation of joint prototype projects.
“Through this partnership, we are making it easier for all naval stakeholders to decarbonize their operations,” said Tenhunen. “We will deliver a complex, bespoke system and leverage the integration work in a more organized and systematized manner by offering our customers a single point of contact.”