Tognum develops “green” energy supply for ships

Posted on November 26, 2007

  • HotModule high-temperature fuel cell to generate environmentally friendly onboard power
  • High electrical efficiency and nearly no damaging emissions

Friedrichshafen/Ottobrunn, 26 November 2007. The Tognum company CFC Solutions based in Ottobrunn near Munich recently received an order to supply a test version of the HotModule high-temperature fuel cell for the “FellowSHIP” research project by the end of 2008. The HotModule will be installed in the gas-powered supply ship “Viking Energy” in order to test the suitability of fuel cells for the clean generation of onboard power on ships. The HotModule fuel cell will be integrated into the existing onboard supply of electricity and power and will cover 320 kilowatts of total requirements.

A group of Scandinavian and German companies are cooperating on this research project, with support from the well-known ship-classification company Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Following the successful conclusion of the concept phase, now for the first time in the world a ship is being fitted with a high-temperature fuel cell for operational trials. The fuel used will be liquid natural gas (LNG). The HotModule fuel cell from CFC Solutions features an electrical efficiency of 47 percent and is nearly free of damaging emissions.

The manager of the FellowSHIP project, Tomas Tronstad, pointed out: “By using the fuel cell we will be able to avoid an annual 4,755 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 33 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) as well as 180 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) – equivalent to the emissions of approximately 20,000 cars.”

Environmental protection is becoming increasingly important in the shipping sector. Two thirds of worldwide cargo transport goes by ship. Ships are responsible for two percent of global CO2 emissions, up to 15 percent of NOx and about six percent of SOx.

“Tognum aims to further enhance its core competencies and market positions, and to utilize the growth potential offered by the system business. The fuel cell is one of our products of the future, and is an excellent supplement to our innovative portfolio,” emphasized Christof von Branconi, member of Tognum’s Executive Board with responsibility for the area of Onsite Energy Systems & Components.