The Fount Energy Platform is a pioneering digital solution for energy trading and analytics. It connects energy buyers in shipping, transport and industry with energy suppliers for direct, easy trade of cleaner energies at competitive prices.
The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sulphur 2020 cap aims to improve human and environmental health by reducing sulphur oxides (SOₓ) in shipping fuel. Emissions are expected to drop by 77 per cent annually, improving air quality and reducing ocean acidification and acid rain.
There are several options for achieving IMO compliance. One of these is very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO). Although made to the same specifications, VLSFO varies in quality and compatibility, making fuel increasingly difficult to locate. Another alternative is liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is the cleanest burning fossil fuel and emerging as a global commodity. However, there have been issues relating to a lack of bunkering infrastructure.
Meanwhile, the fuel market has traditionally been managed by brokers, who connect suppliers and buyers through a time-consuming tender process. Working through a broker, a buyer may not always be offered the lowest price, and suppliers and buyers cannot communicate directly.
The Fount Energy Platform connects buyers and sellers in the cleaner energy market, enabling companies to find for example LNG at competitive prices from quality suppliers.
Using a straightforward form, the buyer prepares an inquiry, detailing all relevant information – fuel type, volume, the port of delivery, etc. All matching suppliers receive the enquiry and can submit a quote, stating price and any proposed changes.
The buyer then chooses its preferred offer and a chat is opened on the platform, where the buyer and seller can discuss the terms of delivery. Once the energy is delivered, the transaction is saved in a trade history and the chat is closed.
Fount’s completely digital solution gives buyers and suppliers a platform for direct trade and dialogue. This cuts out brokers, saving both parties time and money. Moreover, for example, the ship’s schedule can be communicated in detail as the delivery time approaches, preventing misunderstandings.
Fount implements a meticulous onboarding process to ensure that suppliers are reliable and comply with best practice. After each trade, the buyer and supplier rank each other, giving future traders a quality guide and building a community of trusted partners.
Currently, the Marine Fuel Market is valued at USD 150 billion and is expected to rise to USD 273 billion by 2025. In the LNG market, the shipping fleet grew by 8.4 per cent in 2019, and trade grew by 13 per cent.
Launched in early 2020, the Fount Energy Platform is already used by suppliers and buyers in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Powerzeek helps shipowners to locate and purchase cleaner fuels, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry.
11. Sustainable cities and communities
Powerzeek enables access to cleaner fuels, reducing emissions and improving air quality in ports and port cities.