GE Power Conversion has been working on the integration of a multi-megawatt solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems into large ships with partners Ceres, Lloyd’s Register and MSC Cruise Management (UK).
The company said that its electric microgrid systems can host the integration of new energy sources and smarter digital and control technologies as they develop.
These projects, part of the UK’s Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, benefited from partners’ vessels and port applications to accelerate solutions based on actual scenarios.
The latest collaboration has resulted in a design for an up to 10 MW on board SOFC power installations. At this scale, systems are able to provide electric power for large ships, replacing conventional diesel generating sets.
This system has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 47% and significantly improve air quality and noise pollution when ships are in port, GE claimed.
SOFCs have the benefit of being able to operate on different types of new, cleaner fuels, as shipping looks to transition to alternative fuels.
GE Power Conversion’s UK Managing Director, Andy Cooper, said: “Industry is investing in clean ship and clean port technology readiness, but it’s really important we work with customers on their operational needs if the path to net zero is to be viable.”