OMT in EUDP-financed project on using hydrogen fuel cells in smaller ferries

OMT in EUDP-financed project on using hydrogen fuel cells in smaller ferries

OMT is part of an EUDP-financed project on the feasibility of using hydrogen fuel cells in smaller ferries. Other parties are Ballard Power System Europe, Aarhus University, Hvide Sande Shipyard and Udvikling Fyn.

Propulsion of ships generally pollutes the environment through CO2 emissions and harmful particles when powered by diesel engines. Electrification of ship propulsion is a way to introduce clean tech solutions in parts of the transport sector, and the solution may be of special interests in harbours and coastal zones. 

This project looks at the hybrid electrical propulsion on ships,  where the electrical power is partly generated onboard the ship by means of fuel cells fueled partly by hydrogen and partly by batteries. The process of generating electrical power from hydrogen is environmental friendly as the exhaust is only water. 

Compared to battery-powered electrical ships, the fuel cell technology will allow for faster refueling and longer distances between refueling. The hybrid combination of batteries and fuel cells will deliver a both efficient and reliable supply of electricity for regular propulsion mode and with redundancy when peak power is required.

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