Future Proof Shipping (FPS) has selected Ballard Power Systems to provide PEM fuel cells for the retrofitting of its second inland container vessel, FPS Waal. Once the project is complete, the vessel will operate emissions-free, powered by green hydrogen fuel.
This agreement will see the 109.8m x 11.4m x 3.53m FPS Waal receive six FCwaveTM modules. As a result, the vessel will have a fuel cell capacity of 1.2MW.
As the world’s first DNV type-approved fuel cell module for marine applications, FCwaveTM uses proven technology from Ballard’s heavy-duty module platform to deliver reliable performance, high power density and favourable economics.
The retrofit is a similar project to that undertaken on FPS’ first vessel, FPS Maas, which is expected to be sailing on green hydrogen by the end of 2022.
In order to sail 100 per cent emissions-free, the vessel’s internal combustion engine will be removed and a new zero-emissions propulsion system, including PEM fuel cells, hydrogen storage, battery packs and an electric drive train will be installed.
Following the retrofit, the total amount of installed power will be approximately 1200 kW and the vessel will have a cargo capacity of 200TEU.