HAV Group ASA’s subsidiary company HAV Hydrogen is set to launch a deck-based containerised hydrogen (H2) energy system for ships to fast-track the commercial use of hydrogen as ship fuel.
HAV Hydrogen’s containerised solution is a stand-alone, scalable power supply where all support and safety systems and electrical power management are included. The solution is based on 200kW hydrogen fuel cell modules and can, for instance, be set up with 1,000 kW output from a standard 20-foot-long shipping container. Using larger containers or combining several containers will make larger-capacity energy systems available.
The installed effect can be used for the main propulsion systems or additional power supply on board the vessel. Output effect will be dimensioned to provide optimal zero emission power in desired operating situations, sailing patterns and vessel types.
HAV Hydrogen will offer support to shipowners, ship designers and shipyards to ensure an optimal design, integration and installation process.
The containerised H2 solution is based on the hydrogen-based energy system developed in the FreeCO2ast project, which has developed a maritime hydrogen-based energy system with a liquid hydrogen tank below the deck. Earlier this year, the Norwegian Maritime Authority and DNV granted preliminary approval for the below deck system.
It is easy to install and enables the customer a quicker route through the challenging approval process for hydrogen systems and significant risk reduction by obtaining a turnkey solution for a fixed price.
Kristian Osnes, MD at HAV Hydrogen, said, “The containerized, deck-based system is our response to shipowners who want a retrofit option that represents significantly lower cost and risk for vessels that have not already been prepared for a conventional retrofit installation below deck.”