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Hyon, a joint venture company owned by Nel, Hexagon Composites and PowerCell Sweden, reports that it has received the world’s first approval-in-principle from DNV GL of module-based fuel cell solutions for use in the maritime environment.
The approval builds on the MS-100 fuel cell from PowerCell and opens up potential applications for fuel cells in ships.
Hexagon Composites views this as an increased opportunity for its lightweight high-pressure storage cylinders.
“This demonstrates that Hyon now have ready-made and approved modularised solutions for fuel cells on-board ships with all needed safety and ancillary systems,” says Marine Technology Director at Hyon, Arild Eiken. “The approved solutions can be installed above or below the main deck and encompasses cabinets from 100 kW up to containers of megawatt power. The Hyon/PowerCell solutions are significantly smaller and lighter than marine power generators of equal power based on diesel or gas as fuel.”
“With the approval we demonstrate to the market that there are safe solutions available for having hydrogen and fuel cells aboard all types of ships,” adds Hyon’s Managing Director, Tomas Tronstad. “This is a milestone in preparing for hydrogen fuel in maritime applications since the approval is based on the newly launched and detailed revision of DNV GL Rules for Fuel Cells. We thank DNV GL for excellent cooperation during the approval process.”
Hyon uses PowerCell as supplier of fuel cells. In maritime applications, the building block of Hyon’s modules is PowerCell’s fuel cell MS-100 with electric output of 100 kW.
With increasing pressure for shipping to reduce harmful emissions – the latest example being the international shipping organisation IMO’s decision to half the sector’s emissions by 2050 – the maritime market is becoming an attractive sector for hydrogen technology. Confirmed projects that will utilise hydrogen technology are already underway for ferries and high-speed vessels. Short sea shipping including cruise vessels with fixed routes, work boats and offshore vessels are other sectors where hydrogen is well matched.
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