Ballard and ABB sign MOU for development of fuel cell systems to power marine applications


Fuel cell specialist Ballard Power Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with global technology company ABB to jointly design, develop and validate a next-generation zero-emission fuel-cell powerplant for the shipping industry.

Under the MOU, the companies will undertake collaboration activities toward the development of megawatt (MW) scale proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell power systems for the marine market, with an initial focus on the cruise ship segment.

These systems could be used in a variety of ways, including provision of power for hotel operations while cruise ships are docked at port as well as the provision of primary propulsion power when ships are at sea.

With an electrical generating capacity of 3MW (equivalent to 4,000hp), the new system will fit within a single module similar in size to a conventional diesel engine.

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