In a major step towards fuel cell use in ship applications, technology from US solid-oxide fuel-cell technology firm Bloom Energy has been awarded a concept verified statement of maturity (CVSM) by ABS
The CVSM signifies that ABS engineers have reviewed Bloom Energy’s fuel-cell technology and verified its potential application as an alternative fuel source for vessels, part of the ABS New Technology Qualification (NTQ). The NTQ offers guidance on early adoption and efficient implementation of new technologies – demonstrating their level of maturity – and that potential risks have been systematically reviewed.
Big board-listed Bloom Energy’s solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology is well-proven in land applications, converting natural gas, biogas or hydrogen into onsite electricity through a chemical process.
As we reported in early July, South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries obtained an approval in principle from DNV for a fuel cell-powered LNG carrier designed with Bloom Energy’s SOFC technology.
“ABS is actively supporting the development of fuel-cell technology with leading partners all over the world,” said ABS senior vice president, global engineering and technology Patrick Ryan. “This experience means we understand its potential to make a real contribution to shipping’s decarbonisation ambitions. So, it is great to be able to highlight the progress of Bloom’s technology on the road towards operations at sea as part of our commitment to support the industry with the safe adoption of fuel cells,” added Mr Ryan.
“After 20 years of experience and more than 700 sites powered by Bloom Energy on land, we are working to bring our Energy Servers to the sea,” said Bloom Energy senior advisor, market development, marine solutions Tim Schweikert.
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