Wed 21 Sep 2022 15:13

Methanol fuel cell project 'proceeding as planned': Alfa Laval

Programme said to be on track for 200 kW installation.

Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre.

Alfa Laval says the methanol fuel cell project it currently has in development is proceeding as planned.

The big picture: The ultimate aim of the programme is to provide shipping with a scalable energy supply that does not involve combustion.

How it works: Launched in the second quarter of 2022, it comprises modules of High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cell stacks running on carbon-neutral renewable methanol that can be combined in racks of 200 kilowatts (kW), creating a standardized, scalable system for many megawatts of power and an efficient and cost-effective energy solution.

  • In the current phase of testing, two 5 kW modules, each containing one fuel cell stack, are being run with the distribution systems needed to support the fuel cells.
  • The operational data from testing is then set to be used to fine-tune the 200 kW module and rack setup.
  • Based on positive test results so far, Alfa Laval says the project is on track for a 200 kW installation.

Alfa Laval is responsible for the overall system infrastructure as well as the distribution systems located at the firm's Test & Training Centre. Funding is via the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP).

What they said: Jeroen van Riel, Business Development Manager, Marine Energy Solutions, noted that the initial test, which enabled Alfa Laval to test the basic setup, had been positive.

  • "The data compiled so far is very promising, which suggests that we can move into the next stage as planned," Riel remarked.
  • "The project will lead to an integrated, safe and marine-certified product for application on tomorrow's green ships," stated van Riel. "Within the near future, it will offer a realistic alternative to combustion-based auxiliary power on board."

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