Future Proof Shipping retrofits inland container ship with fuel cell system

Future Proof Shipping retrofits inland container ship with fuel cell system

Future Proof Shipping (FPS) has appointed Koedood Marine Group to supply a complete PEM Fuel Cell system for retrofit to its inland container vessel.

Koedood will build three fuel cell units (3x 275kW) and subcontract its partner company and stack provider, Nedstack, to supply the fuel cell stacks for each of the fuel cell units.

During the retrofit later this year, Holland Shipyards Group (HSG) will install the fuel cell units onboard the Maas vessel. The 110m x 11.45m inland container vessel will be retrofitted at its yard in Hardinxveld in 2021and is planned to be zero-emissions and sailing on 100 per cent on hydrogen power by the end of this year.

The PEM fuel cell system is necessary for converting hydrogen into electricity and will be installed in the cargo space of the Maas. The fuel cell system is triple redundant with 825 kW capacity to supply propulsion and auxiliary power.

Proton Exchange Membrane or PEM fuel cells are considered to be the most versatile type of fuel cells currently in production. They produce the most power for a given weight or volume of fuel cell, they are also lightweight with a high power-density and cold-start capability.

In a PEM fuel cell, hydrogen and oxygen react in an electro-chemical manner to produce an electric current, pure water and heat.

“The maritime knowledge and expertise of the Koedood group, together with the fuel cell capabilities of Nedstack provide us with an optimised product we can be confident in. It helps that we are all on the same page – collaborating to create a more sustainable future for the inland waterways in Europe,” said Fokke van der Veen, director operations, Future Proof Shipping.

Post retrofit, the Maas will carry on shipping container cargo between Rotterdam and an inland terminal near Antwerp and is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2000 CO2e tonnes annually.