30 May 2023
Marine fuel cell gets industry’s first type approval
Fuel cell supplier Ballard Power Systems has received type approval from classification society DNV for its marine fuel cell module FCwave.
According to Ballard, this is Europe’s industry-first type approval. Therefore, marks an important step in commercializing its fuel cell technology for marine applications.
Eventually, it is a key to including fuel cells as part of zero-emission solutions for the marine industry.
Prior to issuing the approval, a series of simulations and tests commenced. Taking place at Ballad’s global Marine Center of Excellence in Hobro, Denmark, where the FCwave development and manufacturing occurs.
As described, the 200kW FCwavemodule is a flexible solution. It can support the energy needs of various vessel types as well as onshore power. The scalable power module also offers a plug-and-play replacement for conventional diesel engines.
“The new classification of FCwave has removed a significant roadblock in helping the marine industry deploy zero-emission technologies and meet global emission reduction targets…The Type Approval from DNV is highly important in building market confidence in hydrogen fuel cells and validates that FCwave is designed, tested and prepared for installation. The Type Approved FCwave module enables us to deliver the first deployment-ready fuel cell solution, capable of helping the marine sector take the next steps in implementing zero-emission operations.”Søren Østergaard Hansen, general manager, Marine, Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S.
Just recently, Ballard and technology firm ABB received an Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV. Particularly, for their high-power fuel cell concept which will expectedly complete within the next couple of years. Hence, addressing the application onboard a wide range of vessels.
Additionally, the Corvus Energy hydrogen fuel cell system, developed through the H2NOR project has received approval in principle (AiP) from DNV.
Zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells are considered among the most promising technologies available in terms of greenhouse gas reduction. Note that, they are already powering smaller vessels over short distances. Hence, the technology is on the verge of being ready for installation on larger ships.