Energy consultant and certification body DNV GL has awarded Freudenberg Sealing Technologies “Approval in Principle” for its methanol-operated fuel cell system which can produce hydrogen.
Through steam reforming, the Freudenberg system produces hydrogen, which reacts with oxygen in the fuel cell to produce the electricity required for the propulsion of a vessel, as well as the onboard power supply.
For applications where range isn’t an essential criterion and hydrogen infrastructure exists on site, Freudenberg can also provide fuel cell systems without reformers for pure hydrogen operation.
Benjamin Scholz, Ship Type Experts Gas Carriers, DNV GL Maritime, said, “Fuel cells are an attractive option to realise a flexible and environmentally friendly propulsion concept for a ship.”
“Accordingly, with the fuel cell solutions developed, Freudenberg supports the International Maritime Organisations’ intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in international shipping in the long term.”
Marking a major step forward in the decarbonisation of the maritime industry, the system can now undergo further testing and could be installed on the AidaNova cruise ship in 2021.