e4ships brochure 2016-2022

In the course of SMM 2022, a new project brochure of the innovation cluster e4ships with the results from 2016 to 2022 was created and is now available in a digital version.


Click here for the current e4ships brochure e4ships FUEL CELLS IN MARITIME USE 2016 - 2022:

CESNI - Final draft requirements for methanol storage(June 2022)

In June 2022, the Working group CESNI/PT approved

  • the final draft requirements for methanol storage (Annex 1), as an addition to ES-TRIN 2023 (especially Chapter 30 and Annex 8);
  • the sketches regarding the arrangements of the tanks and piping systems (Annex 2), as possible instructions to the inspection bodies (ESI).

For more information, please click to download the PDF file.

CESNI - Final draft requirements for methanol storage (June 2022)
Final draft requirements for methanol st
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 413.4 KB

Next step to the climate-neutral ship

MEYER WERFT's strategic partner receives world's first certification for methanol-powered fuel cells at sea

Papenburg/Munich, September 8 2022 – The methanol-powered fuel cell system from MEYER WERFT's strategic partner Freudenberg e-Power Systems is the first of its kind in the world to receive class approval. This means that the system can now be used on seagoing vessels and represents an important development step towards new maritime energy systems and climate-friendly shipping. 


In more than 15 years of work, the MEYER Group has already taken several development steps: In the Pa-X-ell and Pa-X-ell2 research projects, the company first researched and developed the use of fuel cells at sea and then their integration into a ship system. Following trials with other partners, the MEYER Group is working with Freudenberg e-Power Systems as a strategic partner, which is keeping up with the high pace of development with its own capacities.


MEYER WERFT is currently building the Silver Nova, which will be equipped with the world's largest fuel cell system on a cruise ship. The ship will be able to run completely on this system in port without the help of combustion engines. MEYER WERFT and Freudenberg e-Power Systems are also working together on the Pa-X-ell2 research project, in which a fuel cell system is being retrofitted on board the AIDAnova.


MEYER and Freudenberg are also planning further cooperation in the future - not only on newbuildings but also on existing ships. To this end, MEYER NEPTUN Engineering is already developing complete retrofit solutions and will work even more closely with Freudenberg e-Power Systems in a joint office in the future to advance joint developments even faster.


"We are hereby achieving another important interim goal in our green shipping strategy. We have been researching and developing fuel cell technology for maritime use for more than 15 years and are now seeing the first successes. The 1300 engineers in our Global Design Team are already developing the climate-friendly ship prototypes of tomorrow," says Malte Poelmann, Chief Technology Officer of MEYER Group.


Global Design combines all development and design activities of the MEYER Group and is looking for further specialists and junior staff for future technologies. Architects for the broad product portfolio of the MEYER Group with cruise and special ships, MEYER Yachts as well as MEYER Floating Solutions are also sought. In Global Design, MEYER Group engineers collaborate at various locations across Europe and mostly digitally - a way of working established by the Corona pandemic.


Turning point towards maritime sustainability

The development of the fuel cell for shipping is an important building block for optimizing the overall ship system with its high efficiency and the integration of decentralized energy systems. At the same time, the MEYER Group is working on the use of new fuels. For example, the use of regeneratively produced fuels such as hydrogen, methanol and biogas is already possible today.


In marine applications, it makes sense to chemically bind regeneratively produced hydrogen, which is necessary for the operation of a fuel cell, in order to achieve a significantly higher energy density. This makes the fuel cell economically and practically viable for ocean-going shipping.


In this context, the use of climate-neutral methanol represents a turning point on the road to maritime sustainability and the achievement of IMO emission reduction targets. Methanol is a simple alcohol that is liquid under normal ambient conditions and has an energy density about three times higher than liquefied hydrogen. As an important feedstock for the chemical industry, carbon-neutral methanol is characterized by proven manufacturing processes as well as good availability.


The heat required for the reformer from methanol to hydrogen can be obtained directly from the waste heat of the fuel cells. Fuel cell stacks, reformer and control electronics as well as all components for media supply are located in a prefabricated modular unit. This containment design allows easy installation on board.

e4ships & Zero-Emission Shipping Symposium  - 08th of September 2022

08.08.2022, On the occasion of the established world's leading trade fair for the shipping industry, SMM, which will take place in Hamburg from 6 to 9 September 2022, we would like to present selected maritime demonstration projects with alternative propulsion systems and fuels and discuss measures in the context of zero-emission shipping:


e4ships & Zero-Emission Shipping Symposium


When: 8th of September 2022, 10:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.


Where: SMM (Messeplatz 1, 20357 Hamburg, Room St. Petersburg 1-3)


Participation is also possible online.


Contact: NOW event team (konferenz[a]


Further information and the link to the registration can be found here.

2022.09.06 e4ships-Conference_Agenda.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 774.6 KB

e4ports Symposium: “Zero Emissions at the Quay”

17.08.2022, The energy transition poses many challenges for ports. Directly in the port area, handling processes and the supply of ships with electricity during their berthing time have a major impact on the energy balance. This year's symposium of the port network e4ports will therefore focus on the topic of "Zero Emission at the Quay". The focus will be on alternative drives for port handling equipment and solutions for mobile shore power supply.


e4ports Symposium "Zero Emission at the Quay"


When: 9th of September 2022, 10.15 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Where: Messe and Congress GmbH, Messeplatz 1, 20357 Hamburg 


Participation is also possible online.


Further information and the link to the registration can be found here

IMO -  Interim Guidelines For The Safety Of Ships Using Fuel Cell Power Installations

08.08.2022, Die International Maritime Organization (IMO) hat die Interim Guidelines For The Safety Of Ships Using Fuel Cell Power Installations veröffentlicht. Diese finden Sie hier zum Download.

Innovation push for the SOFC fuel cell at sea
MSC.1-Circ.1647 - Interim Guidelines For
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 205.7 KB

Three new hydrogen ferries for the Port of Hamburger

 19.07.2022, Three innovative ferries ready for hydrogen propulsion will soon join the fleet of the Hamburg transport company HADAG.

Read more here.

MultiSchIBZ successfully completed – Innovation push for the SOFC fuel cell at sea

10 June 2022, The MultiSchiBZ research project has been successfully completed with a innovation boost for the use of fuel cells in maritime shipping. Over the past two years, OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH has built and operated a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system in the laboratory. It is designed for the production of on-board power for ship operation at sea and in berth operation in ports. The system is designed to convert liquid fuels available on board into a hydrogen-rich fuel gas, which SOFC fuel cells convert into electrical energy. System operation is low in CO2 and pollutants, as well as quiet and virtually vibration-free. 

Innovation push for the SOFC fuel cell at sea
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 770.8 KB

ELEKTRA ship christening

In Berlin's west port, the governing mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey christened the ELEKTRA today! After almost two years of construction at the Hermann Barthel GmbH shipyard in Derben and the transfer to Berlin's west port, the long-term testing of this unique, innovative and emission-free push boat can now begin.

ELEKTRA ship christening
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 124.4 KB

"Beyond frontiers" - Lürssen at HANSA magazine

March 2022, When it comes to greater sustainability and reducing emissions, the shipping industry needs to turn away from fossil fuels and find new energy sources. Fuel cells could pave the way into a green future on mega yachts.

HANSA VSM Special - Lürssen
HANSA VSM Special - Lürssen.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 549.0 KB

Lürssen installs first fuel cell on a yacht

Bremen, 21 April 2021 Lürssen is building its first yacht with fuel cell technology for a pioneering and technology driven client. The fuel cell is flanking the conventional generators and is a big step to an emission free Lürssen yacht. This innovative technology makes it possible to anchor emission-free for 15 days or cruise 1000 miles at slow speed. Peter Lürssen states: „My grandfather built the world’s first motorboat in 1886, my dream is to be the first to build a yacht without a combustion engine.”

Lürssen installs first fuel cell
Lürssen installs first fuel cell.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 223.1 KB

Case Story: RiverCell

Advent Serene Fuel Cells To Maritime

21.12.2021, Over 90 percent of world trade is carried across the world’s oceans by some 90,000 marine vessels. The shipping industry is responsible for a considerable proportion of the global climate change problem: More than three percent of global carbon dioxide emissions can be attributed to inland and sea-going ships.

02.02.2021 e4ships c/o SMM Digital

 e4ships– fuel cells in maritime applications - is a cluster of leading German shipyards, shipping companies, fuel cell manufacturers, suppliers and classification societies funded by the German government as part of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme. It centres on demonstration projects that pioneer and showcase the decarbonisation of maritime and inland shipping. Read more.

27.01.2021 e4ships c/o Deutsche Wasserstoffvollversammlung

A joint conference of the NIP General Assembly and the German Hydrogen Congress


Conference highlight 2021: The importance of hydrogen for achieving climate protection targets is moving ever further into the focus of the political agenda. The joint conference of the NIP General Assembly and the German Hydrogen Congress provides an overview of the state of development of technology, products and projects while offering the opportunity to learn more about the strategic positioning of federal and state governments on the topic of hydrogen. Read more.

Seaworthy Freudenberg’s safety concept for maritime fuel cell system gets certification

Weinheim (Germany), November 3, 2020. The methanol-operated fuel cell system from Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has been issued “Approval in Principle” by the classification society DNV GL. This sets the course for further testing: Systems backed by the “Pa-X-ell 2” research project will be installed on the AidaNova cruise ship as soon as in 2021. Five innovation partners – Freudenberg, Lürssen, Meyer Werft, AIDA Cruises, and DNV GL – work closely together here.

Freudenberg’s safety concept for maritime fuel cell system gets certification
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 540.9 KB

ELEKTRA film (German)

NOW symposium – “Zero Emission Shipping”: the future of ports as integrated energy systems

In the framework of its “Zero Emission Shipping” symposium on 4 September 2019 in Hamburg, NOW GmbH successfully continued its event series on alternative shipping fuels and maritime future energies. The key focus was a holistic approach to ports as integrated energy systems with the aim of shaping them for the future through smart grids, shore power, electric mobility, hydrogen, fuel cells and power-to-x technology.

Press article ‘Fuel cells starting to play part in cutting ship emissions’
PM_TradeWinds Fuel Cells.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 324.9 KB