The birth of the world’s first fuel cell ship was jointly developed by Norway and Germany
The world’s first ship test project “FellowShip” that uses fuel cells as a power system has been successfully implemented with funding from Norway and Germany. DNV (Norwegian Classification Society) has verified and recognized the safety and risks of fuel cells. , Also developed the world’s first marine fuel cell classification certification specification.
At present, this full-scale fuel cell power system with a power of 320 kilowatts has been installed on the “VikingLady”, an offshore engineering supply ship operating in the North Sea. This is also the world’s first ship to use fuel cell technology to achieve on-board power generation trials. Ship. The ship arrived in Denmark during the Copenhagen Climate Summit. The mayor of Copenhagen invited VIPs from all over the world to take this ship and experience the innovation of ship power brought by clean energy.
The “FellowShip” project was launched in 2003, when a feasibility study was first conducted; by 2005, the basic design and research and development of the fuel cell were completed; in 2006, researchers began to develop a battery power system fueled by liquefied natural gas and finally completed it. The device was installed on the “Viking Lady” in September 2009. The vessel is an offshore engineering supply vessel leased by Total. The “FellowShip” project is expected to conduct fuel cell electrical system testing, acceptance and demonstration operations in the third and final stages, with an installed capacity ranging from 1 MW to 4 MW.
A research report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States shows: “The particulate pollutants emitted by commercial ships into the atmosphere are almost half of the global automobile emissions, and 70% of marine transportation is within 400 kilometers of the coastline. Emissions pose a serious threat to the health of coastal residents.”
DNV pointed out that although fuel cell technology cannot be used to solve power problems, this technology can assist certain segments, such as offshore, local port traffic, ferries, yachts, and marine operations. After adopting this technology, ships can also make full use of clean energy on shore during their stay in the port.