German cruise line AIDA Cruises is set to become the cruise industry’s first brand to trial hydrogen fuel cells on a large cruise ship.
The Carnival Corporation-owned brand has partnered with leaders from the maritime and engineering sectors to pilot the world’s first fuel cell system designed to power large passenger vessels and plans to test this technology as early as 2021.
The research project will develop fuel cells that are powered by hydrogen derived from methanol, with the potential to supply power to cruise ships at even lower emissions levels than LNG.
Funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the Pa-X-ell2 research project will include AIDA Cruises, represented by Carnival Corporation’s Hamburg-based Carnival Maritime GmbH, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, the Meyer Werft shipyard and other partners.
“With the first-time use of fuel cells onboard an oceangoing cruise ship, we will reach another important milestone on our journey to emission-neutral cruising,” said Felix Eichhorn, President of AIDA Cruises. “Our goal is to continue to show concrete solutions for achieving our climate targets.”
The innovative fuel cell technology will be trialled on AIDAnova, AIDA Cruises’ newest ship.