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Solid oxide fuel cell project propels to help decarbonise shipping

Alfa Lava, DTU Energy, Haldor Topsoe, Svitzer and the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Centre for Zero Carbon Shipping are joining together with SOFC4Maritime, a project aimed at developing solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) to help decarbonise shipping, reports Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News

07 February 2021 - 19:00
Alfa Lava, DTU Energy, Haldor Topsoe, Svitzer and the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Centre for Zero Carbon Shipping are joining together with SOFC4Maritime, a project aimed at developing solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) to help decarbonise shipping, reports Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News.

The project is being funded by a grant from the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Project (EUDP).



The project will primarily focus on the optimal utilisation of future green fuels through the application of SOFCs for power production on ships.



Rather than use ammonia, hydrogen, or bio-methane for fuel, SOFCs have the potential to replace today's fossil fuels. SOFCs can also produce power with higher efficiency than internal combustion engines.



'Addressing shipping's environmental challenges - and climate change in particular - will require a diverse range of strong technologies. By partnering with fellow marine industry experts, we can investigate the possibilities and bring them to fruition in time to make a difference,' said Afla Laval marine division president Sameer Kalra.



Others, such as Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Centre for Zero Carbon Shipping CEO Bo Cerup-Simonsen declared their excitement for the project.



'We are eager to pursue this project, which will provide essential information and enhance the feasibility of future pathways to zero-carbon shipping based on SOFCs,' said Mr Cerup-Simonsen.


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