Ballard introduces first commercial zero-emission module to power ships

In addition to primary propulsion, the FCwave, a 200-kilowatt (kW) modular unit that can be scaled in series up to the multi-megawatt (MW) power level, provides stationary electrical power (cold ironing) to support hotel and auxiliary loads on cruise ships and other vessels while docked at port.

Commenting on the launch of the FCwave, Rob Campbell, Ballard Chief Commercial Officer said: ‘Ballard is focused on Heavy- and Medium-Duty Motive applications, particularly where requirements include heavy payload, extended range and rapid refuelling. This is a sweet spot for our fuel cell value proposition, which is backed up by more than 50 million kilometres of operational experience in thousands of vehicles.

Campbell continued: ‘These same requirements underpin use cases in the maritime industry, resulting in a significant addressable market opportunity that can be effectively addressed by our new FCwave product.

‘Global efforts to decarbonise include commercial maritime activities, where Ballard intends to build on our leading position in zero-emission fuel cell solutions.’

Jesper Themsen, CEO of Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S, said the company had recognised the ‘important market opportunity’ brought about by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) ‘aggressive’ emissions targets. He highlighted the company’s Marine Center of Excellence at its Hobro, Denmark facility launched this year.

‘Our Marine Center of Excellence will focus on engineering, manufacturing and servicing the developing marine market with our FCwave product,’ said Themsen.

Fuel cells provide a zero-emission solution for the reduction of carbon emissions in marine vessels. Ballard’s FCwave product was designed to leverage the Company’s technology and critical components already proven in existing product applications to ensure that it can withstand the rigours of marine applications while meeting all performance and safety requirements.

Ballard listed some of the technology’s benefits to maritime customers including greater than 30,000 hours expected operating lifetime, high system efficiency, lightweight 94.4 kilograms/kW, flexibility through modular components for scalable power as well as its extended range which is limited only by the volume of hydrogen fuel stored onboard.

The company says it is currently engaged in the Type Approval process with classification society DNV-GL.

Ballard will be showcasing its FCwave fuel cell module during an online event on 10 September at 3.00pm CET. To register for the event, click here.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry