Fuel cell powertrains now an option for large ships

The ONE 50 will be capable of sustainable sea travel, © Meyer Werft
The ONE 50 will be capable of sustainable sea travel, © Meyer Werft

Currently they run on heavy fuel oil – a substance that is more reminiscent of tar than vehicle fuel. It’s the residue that remains after various crude oil distillation processes have been carried out. While the more volatile fractions such as ke

rosene, gasoline, diesel and household fuel oil are separated off for other uses, the large, robust two-stroke engines of ocean-going giants make do with the leftover black sludge which is so viscous it needs to be heated up before it can be combusted. The changeover to fuels like liquefied natural gas, LNG, has already begun but this in itself won’t be enough. That’s why an increasing number of industry players are looking to hydrogen and are now making initial attempts to embed this fueling option in seagoing vessels.

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H2-international starts operation

Starting from the autumn of 2015, Hydrogeit Verlag will be issuing an international information medium about hydrogen and fuel cells. Following from the growing levels of interest in the specialist journal HZwei as well as in a global, independent level of reporting, the owner of the publishing house and issuer of HZwei, Sven Geitmann, has … Read more