Energy and Natural Resources

Video: First Fuel Cell to Set Sail on a Cruise Ship

09 November 2017

Royal Caribbean International is to install the first fuel cell on a cruise ship in preparation for deploying the technology on its forthcoming Icon-class vessels.

(Source: ABB)(Source: ABB)The pilot installation, including control, converter and transformer technology from ABB, will generate 100kW of energy. The system was developed, assembled and tested by ABB Marine & Ports. ABB selected an FCvelocity proton exchange membrane pure hydrogen fuel cell engine from Ballard Power Systems for its pilot system.

Fuel cells generate energy by exploiting an electrochemical reaction at the interface between the anode or cathode and the electrolyte membrane. They involve no combustion, converting fuel directly to electricity and heat.

Royal Caribbean announced last October that Meyer Turku will build its Icon-class vessels, with capacity for around 5,000 passengers, to be delivered in 2022 and 2024. At the time it committed to start testing fuel cell technology on an existing Oasis-class ship this year as well as running progressively larger fuel cell projects on new Quantum class vessels being built in the next several years.

To contact the author of this article, email sue.himmelstein@ieeeglobalspec.com


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Re: Video: First Fuel Cell to Set Sail on a Cruise Ship
#1
2017-Nov-27 5:58 PM

I saw the title and was thrilled. I saw the description, having stored hydrogen and became terrorized. Providing terrorist with large hydrogen bombs that go to tourist locations in not a good idea!

Re: Video: First Fuel Cell to Set Sail on a Cruise Ship
#2
In reply to #1
2017-Nov-28 4:50 AM

I don't know what you really have in mind when writing "hydrogen bomb"! However, it should be clear that the hydrogen stored e.g. for fuel cell application does not form the basis for a thermonuclear weapon! Further one should keep in mind that the hazards caused by explosion of natural gas or gasoline are by far more severe than those due to hydrogen explosion (see e.g. http://www.arhab.org/pdfs/h2_safety_fsheet.pdf and https://www.environmental-expert.com/articles/the-skikda-lng-accident-losses-lessons-learned-and-safety-climate-assessment-356114).

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