PowerCell Sweden AB has received the first marine order for two PowerCell S3 prototype stacks, which Swiss Hydrogen will install on a ship powered by photovoltaics. The ship will be supplied with a system that encompasses on board production of hydrogen gas from solar electricity, storage of hydrogen gas, and two fuel cells each one 30 kW, which amounts to 80 hp in total.
The companies think that hydrogen gas will replace diesel in a marine industry that is forced to reduce its emissions. The ship in question will be a mobile show-case that describes how effective and reliable the hydrogen gas technology is in marine environments.
More and more countries are demanding fossil-free energy for marine fields of application. The Netherlands has decided to develop fossil-free ferries. Norway, that was an early user of battery operations, is far advanced in establishing fuel cell-powered ships. Over the next few years car ferries, passenger ferries, and a fishing boat will be powered by fuel cell technology in Norway.