With hydrogen powering the propulsion and all other energy consumers on board, hydrogen storage and fuel cells are two vital components. PowerCell will deliver its PowerCellution Marine System 200, with a total power output of around 6 MW for each ferry. The fuel cell system is durable, has a high power-to-weight ratio, and is one of the world’s largest for marine use.
PowerCell has worked intensely with system safety, securing all aspects of the operation in the challenging marine environment. After a comprehensive risk-based HAZID certification, Lloyd’s Register awarded the project an Approval in Principle (AiP).
Propulsion operation is vital in marine vessels and even more essential in the rough conditions of northern Norway. Dividing the drivelines into different sections provides redundancy in the propulsion system and always ensures operation.
“We have evaluated a number of different solutions for the onboard hydrogen system and have come up with a unique and safe concept that takes hydrogen’s properties into account. What we are developing now will likely set the standard for an entire class of passenger ships powered by hydrogen”, says Gjermund Johannessen, CEO, Norwegian Ship Design.
The redundancy also provides the opportunity to service one system at a time. The solution is well adapted to marine service conditions, with fuel cell modules possible to pull out one by one for maintenance.
The operation will run for 15 years, from 2025 to 2040, and PowerCell will provide the fuel cell system service for the entire duration.