HAV Hydrogen has announced a containerised power system as a retrofit solution for ships. The self-contained and scalable power supply is based on 200 kW hydrogen fuel cell modules installed on deck.
According to the Norwegian system integrator of marine fuel cell solutions, the solution, which includes all support and safety systems as well as electrical power management, can be installed with an output of 1,000 kW in a standard 20-foot container, for example. By using larger containers or combining several containers, energy systems with greater capacity are also possible, according to HAV Hydrogen.
“The containerised, deck-based system is our response to shipowners who want a retrofit option that represents significantly lower cost and risk for vessels that have not already been prepared for a conventional retrofit installation below deck,” Kristian Osnes, Managing Director of HAV Hydrogen, explained. But it is not only existing vessels that can utilise the new system: “Whereas for newbuild vessels, it can be a solution that reduces risk and complexity for a technology that is new to most shipyards,” Osnes adds.
The installed fuel cells can power central propulsion systems or offer additional power supply on board the vessel. The output effect, he says, is sized to provide optimal zero-emission performance in the desired operating situations for specific sailing patterns and the type of vessel. HAV Hydrogen will offer support to ship owners, ship designers and shipyards to ensure an optimal design, integration and installation process, so the company.
“Our containerised solution can be the quick route to zero-emission for many vessel types,” says Osnes. “It is easy to install and enables the customer a quicker route through the challenging approval process for hydrogen systems and significant risk reduction by obtaining a turnkey solution for a fixed price.” He added that the new product enables the use of different financing models on the shipping company’s side.
HAV Hydrogen’s containerised H2 solution is based on a hydrogen fuel cell system developed in the FreeCO2ast project with a liquid hydrogen tank below the deck. Earlier this year, the Norwegian Maritime Authority and DNV granted preliminary approval for the below-deck system.
With reporting by Domenico Sciurti, Germany.
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