Singapore first: Shell to trial use of hydrogen fuel cells in ships
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Singapore first: Shell to trial use of hydrogen fuel cells in ships

Shell is set to trial the first use of hydrogen fuel cells for ships in Singapore which, if successful, could pave the way for hydrogen-powered shipping, the company announced today (21st April).

The trial – a first-of-its-kind for Shell and in Singapore, will develop and install an auxiliary power unit proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell on an existing roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel that will transport goods, vehicles and equipment on lorries between the mainland and Shell’s Pulau Bakom manufacturing site.

Shell will charter the trial vessel and provide the hydrogen fuel and will work with SembCorp Marine and its wholly-owned subsidiary LMG Marin AS, which will design the fuel cell and retrofit the vessel, as well as Penguin International, which owns the RoRo vessel.

First, a feasibility study will be carried out with the intention to install the fuel cell next year and, when completed, the vessel will operate on a trial period for 12 months with customers and partners welcome to participate.

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