Njord launches green tech accelerator

Green tech business Njord, founded by Maersk Tankers, has launched Njord Accelerator, an initiative aimed at accelerating the adoption of emerging green technologies to decarbonise the shipping industry.

The Accelerator programme aims to help start-ups to remove some of the barriers they may face in bringing new technologies that can cut fuel consumption and emissions from vessels into the market at scale.

“In order to be adopted in the industry, every new technology needs extensive testing on a large amount of vessels to prove its effect. One difficulty for suppliers is that they may lack access to trial vessels,” said Steen Sander Jacobsen, Technical Director at Njord.

“At the same time, shipowners find it difficult to choose the right technologies to test on their vessels. Njord Accelerator fills a critical gap in the market by connecting suppliers and owners, ultimately benefiting the industry at large by facilitating a higher adoption of energy efficiency devices.”

Njord says that it plans to serve as a gateway for pilot vessels and subsequent fleet integration, to support scalable roll-out of new technologies, while also actively contributing to design, refinement of novel concepts, ensuring their long-lasting effectiveness.

Additionally, the company will employ a data-driven methodology for testing and validation of emerging technologies to provide concrete measurements of their efficacy.

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