MEYER and Freudenberg progress with fuel cell system for ships
MEYER and Freudenberg also plan further cooperation on new buildings and existing vessels.
The methanol-powered fuel cell system from MEYER WERFT’s strategic partner Freudenberg e-Power Systems is the first of its kind in the world to receive class approval.
The system can now be used on seagoing vessels and represents an important development step towards new maritime energy systems and climate-friendly shipping.
The MEYER Group has already taken several development steps: In the Pa-X-ell and Pa-X-ell2 research projects, the company first researched and developed the use of fuel cells at sea and then their integration into a ship system.
Following trials with other partners, the MEYER Group is working with Freudenberg e-Power Systems as a strategic partner, which is keeping up with the high pace of development with its own capacities.
MEYER WERFT is currently building the Silver Nova, which will be equipped with the world’s largest fuel cell system on a cruise ship. The ship can run entirely on this system in port without the help of combustion engines. MEYER WERFT and Freudenberg e-Power Systems are also working on the Pa-X-ell2 research project, in which a fuel cell system is being retrofitted on board the AIDAnova.
MEYER NEPTUN Engineering is already developing complete retrofit solutions and will work even more closely with Freudenberg e-Power Systems in a joint office in the future to advance joint developments even faster.
Global Design combines all development and design activities of the MEYER Group and is looking for further specialists and junior staff for future technologies. Architects for the broad product portfolio of the MEYER Group with cruise and special ships, MEYER Yachts as well as MEYER Floating Solutions are also sought.
Malte Poelmann, Chief Technology Officer of MEYER Group, said, “We have been researching and developing fuel cell technology for maritime use for more than 15 years and are now seeing the first successes.”