OceansLab launches hydrogen fuel cell solutions for marine sector

In a bid to accelerate maritime decarbonisation, OceansLab, through its cleantech spinoff Genevos, has launched the Hydrogen Power Module (HPM), a ‘marinised’ plug-and-play solution to achieving zero emissions power for vessels.

According to OceanLabs, water is the only by-product of the HPM, which uses a high-efficiency fuel cell to create electricity through the reaction of hydrogen sourced from renewable energy.

‘Fuel cells and hydrogen will play a vital role in the clean energy transition of this sector,’ commented Phil Sharp, OceansLab skipper and Technical Director of Genevos. ‘To meet climate change goals all new boats and ships built from 2030 must be Zero Emission Vessels, using clean fuels. To achieve this, we have to start introducing this innovative technology now to ensure that we can scale up in time.’

Genevos will be producing a series of HPMs with power outputs ranging from 8 to 200 kW and capable of meeting a range of vessel sizes and energy demands. The company says modules can provide clean energy solutions for varied applications including primary or hybrid propulsion, in addition to powering auxiliary systems in large commercial vessels to prevent coastal and in-port emissions.

Associate Professor at UCL Energy Institute Dr Tristan Smith commented: ‘Zero emission technology and fuel is an inevitable future for shipping. The industry needs projects and pilots that use technologies such as the Genevos HPM, to kick-start this clean transition.’

Based in La Rochelle, France, Genevos has an established research partnership with EIGSI University and its industrial power systems test centre through the development of a hydrogen lab. Testing is currently being carried out on an HPM-8 kW prototype whilst providing a focal point for research projects at the university.

In the August/September of’s sister publication, Bunkerspot, clean-tech innovator and professional ocean racer Phil Sharp explains how OceansLab is using the world of competitive sailing as a proving ground for new technologies that could propel shipping forward in the race to zero emissions. Click here to read the article.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry