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.”
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