The Havyard Group, with Havyard Design & Solutions and Norwegian Electric Systems (NES), is advancing in its development of a hydrogen fuel cell ship power system intended to tackle the limitations of conventional battery power over long distances.
The company is now entering into the approval stage for the hydrogen system together with Linde Engineering as tank supplier and PowerCell Sweden as supplier of fuel cells.
The project manager for the Havyard Group’s FreeCO2ast project, Kristian Osnes, credits Linde for its expertise in designing and manufacturing equipment for cryogenic gasses.
“We believe they are the right partner for finding solutions that will ensure safe storage and control barriers for cryogenic hydrogen on board ships,” said Osnes. “The regulations for these solutions have not yet been developed, and we are pleased to have Linde on board when entering the approval process, which we expect to be very challenging.”
The Havyard Group has chosen PowerCell to deliver fuel cells. PowerCell has worked with Bosch to develop fuel cells for the car industry. Osnes says that fuel cells have similarities with the battery technology that NES has already worked with in a number of ferry projects.
Under this agreement, the Havyard companies will work with PowerCell and Linde to design a hydrogen solution and take the first step towards certification. This solution will be offered to Havila Kystruten for retrofitting.
“This encourages us to have a comprehensive solution in mind from the start,” said Osnes. “We will deliver a system that is safe, that takes up little space, that is easy to retrofit and, of course, that does the job. The interaction will provide us with experience to deliver complete hydrogen solutions for several types of ships. The system we are developing is designed in modules and can be installed both in newbuilds and retrofitted in existing ships. In this way, we will contribute to development of large-scale vessels that can sail emission free over long distances, or significant emission cuts from vessels that use hybrid propulsion systems.”