China’s first hydrogen-fuelled ship, Three Gorges Hydrogen Boat 1 [三峡氢舟1], has started the inspection process with China Classification Society (CCS).
The development in the application of hydrogen fuel cells on ships in China, a project under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, has important significance for the “zero pollution and zero emission” transformation of inland waterway ships, says CCS.
The ship will play an important role in the protection and restoration of the Yangtze River.
The vessel was designed by Wuhan Changjiang Ship Design Institute Co., Ltd., and the fuel cell system and lithium battery system were designed by the 712th Research Institute of China Shipbuilding Corporation.
It will have a maximum cruising range of 200 km at an economical speed, and has the characteristics of being environmentally-friendly, has low energy consumption, and emits low noise.
The 49.9 metre long ship is expected to obtain class notations such as FC-POWER 1 , green ship -3, I-ship ( M ), EEDI-3, electric propulsion system and has a high green and intelligent ship grade.
The implementation of this project provides an important theoretical basis and data support for the subsequent promotion of hydrogen fuel cell ships in China, says CCS.
It also builds an important test platform for the testing and verification of hydrogen fuel cell ships in the country, marking an important benchmark of hydrogen fuel cell ships in China.
SOURCE: Manifold Times