in full – by high-temperature, i.e. molten carbonate, fuel cells (MCFC). Deployed in a decentralised manner in several segments across the ship, fuel cell modules in the e4ships2 project can be scaled up to any range required.
How high is demand on the part of shipyards and shipping companies? What advantages do fuel cells offer them?
Fuel cells are efficient, quiet and generate few emissions. With more and more coastal zones and port areas now operating under strict environmental regulations (SECA, ECA), it is important to develop future-proof, eco-friendly technologies for this sector. Moreover, in the long term, the use of fuel cells in luxury yachts as well as in container and cruise ships has the potential to reduce their operational costs.
Another key aspect, especially for passenger ships, is that fuel cells make for a virtually silent shipping experience with hardly any vibration. Fuel cell-driven ferries also offer a quiet and, what is more, zero-emission option for moving from A to B. This allows ferries to operate in ecologically sensitive marine areas where they could potentially boost regional tourism.
Reputable German shipyards, shipping companies, leading fuel cell manufacturers and classification societies are backing the e4ships2 project precisely because it gives them an opportunity to test and hone these technologies. Today already, we are repeatedly asked to employ this technology on other ships, such as mega yachts. Based on the findings from the e4ships2 cluster projects, shipping companies’ demand for these innovations is definitely set to grow.