CMB.TECH, Ports of Stockholm and Volvo Penta collaborate on hydrogen-powered RoRo tractors to accelerate zero-emission operations


CMB.TECH, a cleantech company with a focus on hydrogen solutions, Volvo Penta, a provider of innovative industrial power solutions and Ports of Stockholm, one of the world’s largest passenger ports and one of Sweden’s largest freight ports, have entered a unique collaborative relationship as part of an important hydrogen investment in Stockholm Norvik Port, with the first pilot RoRo tractor due to be delivered in 2023.

We are at a point where the rapid development in Hydrogen powertrains is meeting the exploratory demand in industrial applications as part of the industry’s’ journeys to decarbonize. Volvo Penta is well positioned with its strong partnership philosophy to learn and grow alongside its customers. The provision of this Hydrogen dual-fuel solution is aimed at appealing to operators and fleet owners transitioning to zero-emissions machines.
David Hamilton - Director Industrial sales Volvo Penta

In the collaborative pilot, CMB.TECH will modify the newbuild RoRo tractors, powered by Volvo Penta’s D8 engines, with a hydrogen system before the machine is delivered to the ports of Stockholm. CMB.TECH owns, operates and designs large marine and industrial applications powered by hydrogen and ammonia fuels that it both manufactures and supplies to its customers. CMB.TECH and the Ports of Stockholm have also announced a hydrogen collaboration earlier this year.

Volvo Penta Engine CMB TECH
Hydrogen fuel will play a decisive role in the transition to emission-free transport, both on land and at sea. We are therefore incredibly excited about the partnership with Volvo Penta and CMB.TECH and that we together can pilot some of the first RoRo tractors in the world that run on Hydrogen fuel. The hydrogen investment is in line with Ports of Stockholm’s ambitious environmental goal of running an emission-free operation from 2030.
Johan Wallén - Chief Commercial Officer of Ports of Stockholm

The dual-fuel technology allows the simple and quick adaptation of different applications. The opportunities for decarbonization with green hydrogen are great but with infrastructure at different stages, backup scenarios of traditional fuels for the continuance of business operations are needed. With a dual-fuel setup, business assets can be more future-oriented, even without a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure currently in place.

We’re excited to be supporting Ports of Stockholm with both knowledge and experience in their transition to hydrogen fuels. It provides completely new opportunities to further develop Stockholm Norvik Port as the climate-smart port it already is.
Roy Campe - CTO of CMB.TECH

The hydrogen investment is part of achieving Ports of Stockholm’s environmental goal of having entirely emission-free operations by 2030. The vision is for Stockholm Norvik Port to become one of the most climate-smart ports in the world.