Fuel cells enable ships to arrive in port emissions free

2021-06-12T10:34:15+00:00 June 12th, 2021|Environment|

TECO 2030 has launched a zero emissions operation concept, aimed at enabling ships to sail in and out of ports emissions-free.

This can be achieved by exchanging one or more of their  engines with a TECO marine fuel cell.

“At TECO 2030, we are working to make the shipping industry more climate friendly, and we are doing this by developing the engine of tomorrow,” claimed Tore Enger, TECO 2030 CEO and founder.“With our fuel cell technology, ships can operate emissions-free, both on the whole journey, or on just shorter distances, such as when sailing in and out of ports, and when staying in them.”

This concept will make it possible for vessels operating in different countries, such as cruise ships and ferries, to comply with any emissions regulations they may encounter when crossing national borders.

Many governments are taking action to lower greenhouse gas emissions, such as by introducing laws that ban ships running on fossil fuels from operating in its waters. This is the case in Norway, where by 2026, only cruise ships and ferries operating on zero emission will be allowed entry into several of the Norwegian fjords.

“To be able to sail in waters where such restrictions are in place, shipowners can replace one or more of their ships’ engines with a TECO marine fuel cell. You will then have the engine of the future and be able to cruise in and out of ports while emitting nothing but water and warm air,” claimed Enger.

TECO can deliver hydrogen fuel cell stacks ranging in size between 400 kW to 25 MW, and as a result, can ensure steady operations regardless of the size of the engine they are replacing.

Hydrogen fuel cells are similar to batteries but do not need to be charged. They produce electricity and heat, and function almost the same way as normal combustion engines but use hydrogen instead of traditional fossil fuels, such as diesel and petrol.

When using hydrogen produced from renewable energy – green hydrogen – ships can cut their greenhouse gas emissions to zero, as hydrogen only emits water vapour and warm air.