Fuel Cell Technology News

15 Nov 2019

Ulstein Debuts Zero-Emission Offshore Ship Design

Image: Ulstein

Ulstein Group unveiled a hydrogen-powered ship design that it claims is market-ready, offering zero-emission marine operations.Recently, DNV GL identified the five most promising alternative fuels for shipping, with hydrogen as the ultimate zero-emission solution. The first complete hydrogen fueled prospect has been put together by Ulstein Design & Solutions BV and Nedstack fuel cell technology BV. The ULSTEIN SX190 Zero Emission DP2 construction support vessel is Ulstein’s first hydrogen powered offshore vessel, featuring a Nedstack fuel cell power system.

03 Nov 2019

Steel Cut for 1st LNG-fueled Ship in France

Photo: Chantiers de l’Atlantique

MSC Cruises, a global cruise line registered in Switzerland and based in Geneva, has held a steel-cutting ceremony for its first new-generation World-Class ship at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.The first of five liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered cruise ships on order, MSC Europa is the first LNG ship to be built in France.On the occasion of the cutting of the first steel ceremony held in Saint-Nazaire, MSC and Chantiers de l’Atlantique unveiled…

17 Oct 2019

SCHOTTEL Delivers Propulsion for First Emission-Free Push Boat

Photo credit: TU Berlin, Department of Design and Operation of Maritime Systems

The Elektra push boat ordered by BEHALA, Berlin harbor’s warehousing and logistics firm will be equipped with rudder propellers from Schottel. Elektra will be a hybrid canal push boat powered by a combination of fuel cells, batteries and an electric motor. The boat is currently under construction at the Hermann Barthel shipyard in Derben (Germany), and is planned for testing in Berlin in 2020."Elektra shows what is possible," said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerd Holbach, Project Manager at TU Berlin for the Department of Design and Operation of Maritime Systems.

10 Oct 2019

Fuel Cells for Maritime Shipping

Photo: Freudenberg Sealing Technologies

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies will act as a technology partner in the Pa-X-ell2 project. The goal is to develop a new generation of fuel cells for use on seagoing vessels. For the future project on sustainable, CO2-free mobility at sea, the largest shipyard for the construction of cruise ships – Meyer Werft in Papenburg – and the global technology specialist Freudenberg Sealing Technologies intend to equip future generations of cruise ships with fuel cell propulsion. Besides Meyer Werft…

30 Sep 2019

Bloom Energy, Samsung to Design Electric Ships

 Image: Bloom Energy

California-based Bloom Energy, the provider of stationary fuel cells, has announced a collaboration with South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), to design and develop ships powered by Bloom Energy’s solid oxide fuel cell technology.SHI aims to be the first shipbuilder to deliver a large cargo ship for ocean operation powered by fuel cells running on natural gas. Such an innovation will play a key role in helping the company exceed the 50 percent emissions reduction target…

25 Jun 2019

IMO 2020: Hydrogen's Future in Maritime

3D rendering of the Water-Go-Round. Photo credit Incat Crowther

Hydrogen fuel cell technology to Satisfy Future IMO RequirementsWith an ongoing push by the maritime community to reduce ship emissions to satisfy IMO MARPOL Annex VI regulations and limit the sulfur content of ships from 01 January 2020 to 0.5 percent world-wide, many ship owners are starting to consider hydrogen fuel cell technology to satisfy evolving emissions regulations. To date, hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on research programs to utilize hydrogen fuel cells for transportation.

21 May 2019

World-First: Hydrogen-powered Push Boat

Concept illustration of a push boat powered by fuel cell system (Image: ABB)

A new vessel being built to operate along the Rhône river in France will be the world's first push boat to run entirely on hydrogen fuel cells.The newbuild for the France-based Sogestran Group subsidiary Compagnie Fluviale de Transport (CFT) is due for delivery in 2021 and will feature a fuel cell based power and propulsion solution from ABB through its role in FLAGSHIPS, the EU-funded initiative to deploy commercially operated zero-emission vessels for inland and short sea operations.

13 May 2019

FLAGSHIPS to Deploy Two Hydrogen Vessels

Photo courtesy of NCE Maritime CleanTech

The European  project FLAGSHIPS was awarded $5.6m from the EU to support deploying two commercially operated zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vessels in France and Norway.The FLAGSHIPS project contributes in building two new build vessels, one in Lyon, France and one in Stavanger, Norway. In Lyon, a hydrogen push-boat operated by Compagnie Fluvial de Transport (CFT) will serve as a utility vessel on one of its most demanding rivers, the Rhône. In Stavanger, hydrogen is intended…

08 Apr 2019

ABB, SINTEF Test Fuel Cells of Hydrogen Hybrid Ferry

Image: SINTEF

Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation ABB and European independent research organisations SINTEF Ocean laboratory in Trondheim test fuel cells for the world’s first conversion of a hydrogen hybrid ferry.The tests aim to provide answers needed for Norwegian shipyard Fiskerstrand to convert an existing ferry to run on a combination of batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.The tests will also provide answers into the introduction of hydrogen fuel cells for future reviews of the rules covering shipboard use of hydrogen.In addition…

24 Mar 2019

Hydrogen Fuel for Zero Emission Cruise Ships

Pic: GE Power Conversion

General Electric’s (GE) Power Conversion business and Nedstack, Dutch fuel cell manufacturer, have entered into a partnership to develop hydrogen fuel cell systems for powering zero-emission cruise vessels.The two companies envisage using this technology on passenger ships, replacing traditional diesel engines with fuel cells, and heavy fuel oil (HFO) with hydrogen."This partnership brings together GE’s recognized expertise in cruise electrical power and propulsion solutions plus system integration capability…

31 Dec 2018

Martime Propulsion: New Solutions Meet New Emission Demands

With a robust engine block designed for continuous-duty operation and long life, and a single cylinder head with four valves per cylinder, the Cummins X15 marine engine provides reduced fuel consumption without reduced performance. The X15, which can be used in both commercial and recreational marine applications, is available as a propulsion engine and as an auxiliary engine. (Photo: Cummins Inc.)

Marine propulsion manufacturers are not just responding to but are anticipating tighter performance demands from the U.S. EPA  and the IMO by introducing both new and upgraded systems based on state-of-the-art propulsion technologies. Tom Mulligan reviews the latest engine product launches.AIP for MAN cryo Liquid Hydrogen Fuel-Gas systemMAN Cryo, a subsidiary of MAN Energy Solutions, has developed a marine fuel-gas system for liquefied hydrogen in cooperation with Fjord1 and Multi Maritime 0f Norway.

02 Nov 2018

ABB, Sintef to Test Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Pic: ABB

Norwegian Sintef Ocean and ABB Marine will use two 30kW hydrogen fuel cells, set up in laboratory to model the operation and control of a complete marine power system in a megawatt-scale propulsion plant."ABB and Sintef Ocean are undertaking groundbreaking research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for main ship propulsion. The new research project seeks to provide the answers required for fuel cell technology to be delivered at the scale needed to power commercial and passenger ships…

01 Nov 2018

Energy Storage - Now Relevant for Any Vessel Type

Red and White Fleet's Enhydra, the newest member of the R&W passenger excursion vessel fleet. The 128-foot LOA aluminum monohull vessel with a 30-foot beam is the largest lithium-ion battery electric hybrid powered vessel in North America built under “USCG Subchapter K” certification. Image: AAM and Red & White.

A primer on the quickly evolving topic of on board battery technology.Energy storage itself is actually old news. Since the sails were taken down for good, merchant vessels have crossed the oceans using some kind of energy safely stored on board. Be it Coal, Diesel, Gasoline or Natural Gas, and regardless of energy type, safe storage onboard has been vital for safety and completion of the planned trip. On the other hand, active use of batteries in propulsion systems is relatively new.

03 Aug 2018

Eidesvik Offshore, Wärtsilä Norway and DNV GL Celebrate FellowSHIP

Photo: DNV GL

Project partners Eidesvik Offshore, Wärtsilä Norway and DNV GL have announced the closure of the FellowSHIP research project. The cooperation has explored the use of battery, hybrid and fuel cell technology in the maritime industry for over 15 years.“FellowSHIP has been a flagship research project,” states Bjørn-Johan Vartdal, Maritime Programme Director for Technology and Research in DNV GL Group. “The results from FellowSHIP have shaped our knowledge of battery and hybrid power…

27 Jun 2018

MOU to Develop Zero-Emission Fuel Cell Power Plant

Photo courtesy of ABB

ABB and Ballard Power Systems signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on developing the next-generation fuel cell power system for sustainable marine e-mobility.The fuel cell power system, to be jointly designed, developed and validated by ABB and Ballard Power Systems, is anticipated to play a significant part in accelerating the industry-wide adoption of sustainable solutions for marine e-mobility, and help ship-owners meet the increasing demands for clean operations.ABB…

08 May 2018

DNV GL to Class Royal Caribbean’s New ICON Ships

(Photo: DNV GL)

Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku and DNV GL have signed a contract for the classification of Royal Caribbean International’s two new ICON Class cruise ships scheduled for delivery in 2022 and 2024.The final concept for the first vessel is currently being discussed, and the concept design phase is expected to start this spring. The initial building phase of the first ship will begin next year, with keel laying planned for October 2019.The new fuel-efficient ICON Class vessels will feature a number of green technologies…

19 Feb 2018

Cruise Ships & Eco-Trends in Energy Transition

Hurtigruten's hybrid vessels. (Images Courtesy: Hurtigruten)

Around 360 cruise vessels are operating on the ocean today, transporting thousands of passengers to both new and established locations across the world. The Cruise Boom relishing the industry in recent years has driven growth and advancement with 93 new vessels now under construction showcasing the latest technology available today. Now, the rising popularity of remote and adventurous routes such as the Polar Regions and UNESCO heritage sights has raised concerns about the impacts on marine environments and coastlines.

13 Nov 2017

Marine Fuels: Unmasking Gas

A primer on the way forward for alternative fuels for marine propulsion. By now, many of us have been passed by a garbage truck, taken a ride on an airport bus or hailed a taxi cab that is clearly labeled by their respective marketing departments that these vehicles are powered by clean burning natural gas. Even now in our own maritime industry, some trendy operators are looking to make the case for liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion systems, others are opting for hybrid-electric solutions, and some are even aiming for full electric configurations.

08 Nov 2017

Royal Caribbean Takes the Lead on Fuel Cell Tech

Image: ABB

As the maritime world rapidly evolves to incorporate increasingly clean and efficient power sources onboard ships at sea, the cruise industry is emerging as a clear leader in the sector, driven by the high-profile nature of its ships and the often pristine environments to which they traverse. With that, ABB announced that it will deliver the first fuel cell system to Royal Caribbean, a pilot program in which the RCL ship will be the world's first fuel cell system on a luxury cruise ship.

03 Oct 2017

Viking Planning Hydrogen-powered Cruise Ship

A hydrogen-powered cruise ship may be modeled on the same design as Viking Cruises’ most recent vessel, the Viking Sun. (Photo: Viking Cruises)

Viking Cruises is reportedly working on a project to develop a vessel fuelled by liquid hydrogen that could become the world’s first cruise ship with zero-emission technology, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA). NMA said the announcement was made by Viking Cruises project manager Serge Fossati during the Safety at Sea Conference in Haugesund. “This is a world sensation. Very exciting. If they pull this off, a distribution network may be established, which will enable others as well to use hydrogen as fuel…

12 May 2017

Italian Submarine Romeo Romei Delivered

Photo: Fincantieri

The submarine Romeo Romei was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard of Muggiano, La Spezia. It is the last of the four U212A Todaro class twin units ordered from Fincantieri by the Naval Armament Unit – NAVARM for the Italian Navy. Romeo Romei, as its twin unit Pietro Venuti delivered last July at the Muggiano shipyard, features highly innovative technological solutions. It is entirely built with amagnetic material, using the most modern silencing techniques to reduce its acoustic signature.

22 Mar 2017

Alternative Ferry Propulsion Systems: A Case Study

M/V Steilacoom II (Credit: Nichol Bros Boat Builders)

Is it Right for Your Operation? That Depends, says EBDG’s John Waterhouse. Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) serves many ferry customers in North America. These clients read the trade publications and see various articles on new technologies such as hybrid propulsion, battery powered vessels or zero emission vessels. After finishing such an article they ask themselves: “What advantages would that technology bring to my operation and what will it cost?” To that end, EBDG developed some tools to help answer those questions.

03 Nov 2016

First Marine Order for PowerCell S3 Prototypes

The fuel cell company PowerCell Sweden AB (publ) has received the first marine order for two PowerCell S3 prototype stacks, which Swiss Hydrogen will install on a ship powered by photovoltaics. “The marine industry is a very interesting area, in which our capacity to deliver electricity without emissions is extremely important. This order comprises two PowerCell S3 prototypes. The order is of strategic importance, but has a limited effect on the result. We are responsible for the fuel cells and Swiss Hydrogen will manufacture the system and conduct adjustments to certify it for the marine environment. The advantage is that our fuel cell stacks are modular and in this way we can get in a few hundred horsepower where it is required in marine applications”…

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