Ballard Fuel Cell Module Type Approval by DNV

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The scalable 200 kW power module could provide a plug-and-play replacement for conventional diesel engines and could also become an integral component of hybrid power systems on ships. It is suitable for a range of vessel types as well as some shore-based applications, the Nasdaq-listed company said.

Mark Kammerer, EMEA Sales and Business Development Manager, Off-Road, told Seatrade that the first installations are likely to be on short sea vessels, including ferries, but will expand to wider sections of the global fleet in time. desired. Fuel cells, which are “scalable” and can be installed in parallel, are also potentially suitable for supplying electrical power in ports, both for shore power connections and for battery recharging. The power density, he said, is comparable to diesel.

FCwave was developed at the company’s Marine Center of Excellence in Hobro, Denmark, where manufacturing will also take place. The location was chosen in part because the Nordic countries are generally among the early takers. One of the most promising markets is Norway, which has access to cheap hydrogen through hydropower, and which also has some of the toughest zero emissions targets, including in the fjords and on the grid. of ferries.

Commenting on DNV’s approval, Søren Østergaard Hansen, Managing Director, Marine, at Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S, said: “DNV’s type approval is very important to build market confidence in fuel cells. and validates that FCwave is designed, tested and prepared for installation. The module enables us to deliver the first ready-to-deploy fuel cell solution capable of helping the maritime sector take the next steps in implementing zero emissions operations.

Ballard’s proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells are already being used in the electrification of other modes of transportation, including buses, trucks, trains, cars and forklifts. Construction and earthmoving vehicles are also in the frame.

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