Cooperation with the national innovation program for oxygen and fuel cell technology
In the flagship project “e4ships” which is an integral part of the national innovation program for oxygen and fuel cell technology (NIP), notable German shipyards and shipping companies, leading manufacturers of fuel cell technology and classification societies collaborate with the aim of verifying the function capability of fuel cells in the on-board power supply of a ship in everyday conditions. Fuel cells can significantly contribute to reducing emissions with respect to conventional ship aggregates.
e4ships tests high temperature fuel cells
Together with the Danish fischer group subsidiary Serenergy, fischer eco solutions produces the high temperature fuel cells in the “Pa-X-ell” project as part of this e4ships program which are to be tested on a passenger ship under the lead of MEYER WERFT and its project partners. The basis for this are the modular fuel cell components which can be scaled to any output by means of interconnection. The corresponding fuel cell systems are integrated into standard 19-inch cabinets. In the first phase, a 30kW demonstration facility was built on the MEYER WERFT site where the generation of electricity, heating and cooling (trigeneration) could be exhibited. Based on this, a 120kW system will be installed on a passenger ship parallel to the conventional energy supply during the course of 2016, and the electricity produced will be stored in the on-board electrical system. The system will be operated by means of an internal reformer with methanol as the energy source.