• 2018 November 7 08:40

    ABB and SINTEF test fuel cells for main propulsion potential

    ABB and SINTEF Ocean are undertaking groundbreaking research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for main ship propulsion, the company said in its press release.

    The new research project seeks to provide the answers required for fuel cell technology to be delivered at the scale needed to power commercial and passenger ships.

    The testing methodology, to be developed at SINTEF Ocean's Trondheim-based laboratory, will use two 30kW fuel cells, set up to model the operation and control of a complete marine power system in a megawatt-scale propulsion plant. ABB's own software together with SINTEF Oceans vessel simulator capabilities will imitate and play back different load profiles and diesel/battery/fuel cell combinations, and tested in a scaled down laboratory environment.

    The trials will explore more than the technicalities of scaling-up and optimized fuel cell/battery combinations alone. "SINTEF is contributing the hydrogen supply and infrastructure, while having a test lab gives ABB and SINTEF Ocean the opportunity to increase in-house competence for integration, control and safety of fuel cell technology in marine applications," says Anders Valland, research manager for maritime energy systems at SINTEF Ocean. "SINTEF has extensive capabilities with regard to fuel cell technology, maritime energy systems, electric power systems and power electronics, which gives us an edge in developing innovative solutions."
     
    "Fuel cell technology is maturing quickly. These trials are expected to provide the platform for fuel cells to build on, so that they can take a position in the maritime sector that is competitive with fossil fuels," says Jostein Bogen, product manager for energy storage and fuel cells at ABB Marine & Ports. "Finding unknowns and coping with them in a controlled environment, rather than risking surprises on board ship will be central to these trials."

    Another key objective will be establishing how to enhance the control of fuel cell plant in combination with energy storage, and how to optimize efficiency, reliability and the lifetime of fuel cell stacks.

    The laboratory in Trondheim has been a key research resource for ABB, providing a focus for research into the fine details of its design innovations and helping to bring its most advanced maritime technologies to market, including ABB Onboard DC GridTM.

    Using hydrogen as fuel, the proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEM) separates electrons and protons, with protons passing through and electrons used as electrical output. Hydrogen is converted directly to electricity and heat without combustion. PEM fuel cells operate at a lower temperature, are lighter and more compact than their solid oxide counterparts.

    ABB is a front-runner in sustainable marine e-mobility covering electric vehicle power, protection, control and installation. It has also had close involvement in ferry projects deploying battery power over short distances or for hybrid power plants to optimize ship efficiency. Battery power will certainly be key to meeting Norway's target for zero ship emissions in the Fjords from 2026, according to Bogen.

    Certainly, Bogen believes that deep-sea shipping will not have to wait until 2050 for the combustion-free generation of electricity, heat and clean water. "With the use of renewables to produce hydrogen for fuel cells and stored energy for batteries, the entire chain can be clean," he says




2019 September 23

18:44 North-Western Shipping Company participated in NEVA 2019
18:26 Lloyd’s Register EMEA confirmed as Coordinator/Partner of Renewable Energy Ship Propulsion project
18:06 Nor-Shipping builds partnership with UN on Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business
17:42 Inauguration of WMU's Class of 2020 MSc in Maritime Affairs took place on 16 September
17:07 Scorpio Bulkers announces the sale of two Ultramax vessels for $37.9 mln
17:06 Lloyd’s Register signs up to Getting to Zero Coalition
16:43 Marseille, France to host EUROMARITIME on 4-6 February 2020
16:28 MAN Energy Solutions joins getting to zero coalition
15:24 Hapag-Lloyd increases rates from North Europe to Middle East and Indian Subcontinent
14:24 Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach release report on the state of clean cargo-handling equipment technology
14:01 Severnaya Verf starts cutting metal for fourth processing trawler of Project 170701 ordered by NOREBO Group
13:39 ESPO Award jury puts ports of Dover, Dublin, Stockholm and UPF in final competition for Award 2019
13:15 Glander International Bunkering opens 8th office globally in Oslo
13:02 ECOSUBSEA achieves requirements to offer sustainable hull cleaning in the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge
12:53 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 14,725 in RF spot market
12:31 USPA Supervisory Board discussed corporatisation, integrated audit and dividend reduction
12:08 DNV GL’s Veracity strengthens maritime digitalization with new Asia-Pacific hub
11:50 Workshop in Kenya focused on reducing marine plastic from ships
11:36 Abu Dhabi Ports’ container volume up 82.4% in the first half of 2019
11:29 Regional workshop in Saudi Arabia focused on clean shipping in Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Gulf
11:04 Vympel Shipyard launches fourth Grachonok-class special purpose boat for Federal National Guard Troops Service
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10:08 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Red Sea
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09:08 DNV GL awards AIPs to DSME for ethylene carrier cargo tank designs
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2019 September 22

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2019 September 21

16:17 USCG responds to breakaway barges striking I-10 San Jacinto River bridge
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2019 September 20

18:41 Vostochny Port joins Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation as its permanent member
18:22 IAA PortNews offers photo release from 'Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet' conference held on NEVA 2019 zero-day
18:05 Global Ship Lease announces new five-year $268 mln credit facility for debt refinancing
17:24 Vostochny Port’s harbour services fleet presented at dedicated conference in Saint-Petersburg
17:05 F. A. Vinnen places entire fleet with Verifavia Shipping & Rina for IHM services
16:50 Helsinki Shipyard (Finland) to build two liners for polar cruises
16:35 COSCO SHIPPING Ports announces disposal of interest in various port assets and possible disposal of Taicang Terminal and Jiangsu Petrochemical Terminal
16:21 ABB presents electric power and propulsion solutions for icebreaking vessels at NEVA 2019
16:05 Port of Los Angeles protects overall clean air gains
15:19 Port of Riga rapidly increases volume of handled wood pellets
14:53 South Korean port to slash passenger vessel emissions with ABB shore power
14:15 Krasnoye Sormovo launches Pola Pelagia, dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59З, for Pola Rise
13:30 Damen Shipyards Group is ready to ensure construction of electric water buses for rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg and Russia
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11:09 GTT obtains Approval in Principle from Bureau Veritas for the Mark III Flex technology on ice-breaking LNG carriers
10:52 IBIA and S&P Global Platts collaborate to help shipping industry comply with IMO 2020
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