TECO 2030 Receives Approval in Principle by DNV for its Marine Hydrogen Fuel Cell System and Fuel Cell Module FCM400

By October 4, 2021 4   min read  (735 words)

October 4, 2021 |

Fuel Cells Works, TECO 2030 Receives Approval in Principle by DNV for its Marine Hydrogen Fuel Cell System and Fuel Cell Module FCM400

Lysaker, Norway – TECO 2030 has reached another milestone in its development of zero-emission solutions for the maritime industry.

The cleantech company has now received an “Approval in Principle” (AiP) by DNV for its Hydrogen Fuel Cell System and three versions of its Fuel Cell Module FCM400.

DNV – one of the world’s leading classification and certification bodies – has evaluated TECO 2030’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell System and three versions of its Fuel Cell Module FCM400TM and concluded that they comply with the applicable rules and regulations, codes and standards.

“The Approval in Principle by DNV marks another important milestone for us in our development of zero-emission solutions for the maritime industry. By giving us the AiP, DNV clearly states that our hydrogen fuel cell system and fuel cell modules are safe to use,” says Tore Enger, CEO of TECO 2030 ASA.

An Approval in Principle is an independent assessment, confirming that the design is feasible and that there are no obstacles that could prevent the solution from being realised.

Confirms suitability for marine applications

“We are very pleased to be working with TECO 2030 on this important project,” says Olaf Drews, Head of Machinery and Piping Systems at DNV Maritime.

“For novel technologies, like fuel cells, having class involvement can be vital in building market confidence. We are continually working to provide practical solutions to enable their uptake and were the first classification society to publish rules for fuel cells in 2008,” says Drews.

“This certificate confirms the basic suitability of TECO’s fuel cell systems for marine applications,” he adds.

The engine of tomorrow

Hydrogen fuel cells are the engines of tomorrow and convert hydrogen into electricity while emitting nothing but water vapour and warm air.

By exchanging one or more of their engines with a TECO 2030 Marine Fuel Cell, ships can switch from fossil fuels to hydrogen and reduce their emissions to zero. They can then sail emissions-free either on the whole journey or on shorter distances, such as when sailing into and out of ports.

Hydrogen fuel cells can also be used during port-stay, loading and discharging, enabling zero-emission operation at berth, without having to connect the ship to an onshore power supply.

The first fuel cell system designed for ships

The TECO 2030 Marine Fuel Cell is the first fuel cell system in the world that is specifically designed for use onboard ships and on other heavy-duty applications.

The fuel cell module is designed with a capacity of 400 kW net power output. Several modules can easily be put together in containers, enabling system configuration in the multi-megawatt scale. A 40 feet ISO fuel cell container from TECO 2030 will have a power production capacity of 6.4 MW.

The TECO 2030 Marine Fuel Module FCM400TM encloses a low temperature PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) fuel cell system. The system is developed by TECO 2030 in cooperation with the Austrian powertrain technology company AVL, while the modules have been developed internally at TECO 2030.

TECO 2030 has now started the process of receiving “Type Approval” (TA) from DNV. Type Approval is a procedure by which the classification society confirms that a certain product complies with the rules for standard designs and/or for routinely manufactured, identical equipment.

About DNV

DNV is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We enhance safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures.

We invest heavily in research and development to find solutions, together with the industry, that address strategic, operational or regulatory challenges.

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 About TECO 2030

TECO 2030 aims to contribute to the green transition in the maritime sector by delivering technology that helps ships to reduce their environmental and climate impacts. TECO 2030 is developing hydrogen fuel cells that enable ships and other heavy-duty applications to become emissions-free. The company is also developing other solutions that can help the maritime industry to reduce its emissions, such as exhaust gas cleaning and carbon capture systems for ships. TECO 2030 was founded in 2019 and is headquartered at Lysaker, Norway. The company is listed on Euronext Growth on Oslo Stock Exchange under TECO. TECO 2030 has its roots in the TECO Maritime Group, a group that has provided technology and repair services to the global shipping industry since 1994. For more information, please visit

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