ABS publishes guidance on fuel cell design and construction

ABS publishes guidance on fuel cell design and construction

ABS published its Guide for Fuel Cell Power Systems for Marine and Offshore Applications to support the design, evaluation, and construction of fuel cell systems on vessels and offshore assets.

The Guide, which covers all fuel cell types, focuses on the use of fuel cell systems and arrangements for propulsion and auxiliary systems both in new-build and retrofit projects while maintaining key safety principles.

“As technology evolves and regulators challenge shipping to decarbonise, fuel cells are increasingly seen as having an important role to play in meeting that challenge,” said Gareth Burton, ABS vice president, technology. “ABS has in-depth experience in assisting vessel owners and operators in low carbon emission options. Now is the right time to support the industry with guidance on compliant and efficient application of fuel cell power.”

ABS has just completed a joint development project with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering to investigate the use of hybrid solid oxide fuel cell and gas turbine generator technology and to explore its potential installation onboard future generations of LNG carriers. This theoretical work demonstrated high efficiency of electricity and heat co-generation.

Mr. Il-Guk Woo, DSME vice president, naval & energy system R&D Institute, said: “Based on the lessons learned from the previous research, we established a design philosophy, emphasising a balance between efficiency and simplicity for the sake of easy manufacturing, installation, operation and maintenance. This technology will be available to the market in the near future.”

Download the ABS Guide for Fuel Cell Power Systems for Marine and Offshore Applications here.