Fuel cell technology to be tested on SKYE research vessel

Fuel cell technology will be tested on a Finnish Environment Institute (SKYE) research vessel operating in the Baltic Sea this summer.

The experiment will use a fuel cell system fuelled by excess hydrogen from chemical industry group Kemira’s Äetsä plant in a pilot project coordinated by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

“[SKYE’s research vessel] Aranda is powered by two diesel engines, and their vibration and emissions cause interference in measurements and sample collection carried out aboard the research vessel,” said Valtteri Pulkkinen from VTT.

“The fuel cell system enables the diesel engines to be shut down during short-term measurements. At the same time, local emissions of carbon dioxide and particulates can be eliminated.”

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