The 2024 edition of the European Maritime Days was held in Svendborg, Denmark, on May 30 and 31 at the SIMAC – Svendborg International Maritime Academy. This event was a collaborative effort organized by the European Commission, the Svendborg municipality, and the Danish Maritime Authority.

The European Maritime Days, along with its associated activities, focus on creating sustainable Blue Economies in Europe. These initiatives aim to make coastal cities and regions emission-free and sustainable. Efforts include advancing current and future technologies for ships, coastal cities, and ports to be accessible, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.

Within this framework, the FuelSOME project was invited by its funding agency, CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency), to participate in the event. Our Technical Manager, Vikrant Venkataraman, represented FuelSOME in two key segments: a panel discussion on ‘Synergies by Design: Promoting Cooperation to Accelerate the Energy Transition in Fisheries and Aquaculture,’ and a dedicated 2-hour session with a project stand for direct interaction with participants.

During the event, attendees were introduced to the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology, proposed as an alternative to the traditional two-stroke diesel engine for long-distance ships. Vikrant also outlined the decarbonization pathways FuelSOME is exploring through various fuel technologies. It was a privilege for the project to be showcased at such a prestigious event, engaging with key stakeholders and raising awareness within the maritime community about the innovative Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology.