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e4ships - fuel cells in marine applications

In order to meet stricter regulations, the emissions of seagoing vessels, above all in harbours, need to be decreased strongly in future. The advantages of generating power via fuel cells onboard ships are twofold: the emission of toxic pollutants is reduced and the efficiency of the facilities is improved. Thus they present an attractive alternative to conventional ship aggregates, and can contribute considerably to decreasing harmful emissions.

The project e4ships aims to improve significantly the energy supply onboard large vessels. To realise this, the use of PEM and high-temperature fuel cells is being planned; these should enable a considerable reduction in emissions and fuel use.

In addition to the technical implantation on different vessel types, another important challenge is to derive technical standards for all system types and performance classes. Moreover, better high-performance energy supply systems need to be planned for the future.