Alma Clean Power hits zero-emission deep-sea shipping milestone with direct ammonia fuel cells


Norway-based Alma Clean Power (Alma) has announced a breakthrough in its mission to develop modularised Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) systems for applications in the ocean space after its successful test for the world’s first six kilowatt (6 kW) direct ammonia fuel cell system.

Considered as the first building block of a complete 100kW SOFC module, the 6kW unit represents a step in the company’s journey towards economically viable, zero-emission deep-sea shipping.

According to Alma, the test delivered an electrical efficiency rating of 61-67%, which was achieved by direct feeding of ammonia into the fuel cell system – bypassing the need for energy intensive pre-treatment that converts the fuel into hydrogen prior to electricity production.

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