H2Marine: a project to test high-power fuel cells

H2Marine fuel cells
H2Marine: a project to test high-power fuel cells

PowerCell and EHGroup will be able to test high-power fuel cells (250-300 kW) as part of a project involving Europe and Switzerland for maritime transport applications.

H2Marine is an initiative co-financed by the EU Clean Hydrogen Partnership and SEFRI (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation) in Switzerland, and coordinated by CERTH (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas) in Greece. This €7.5 million project ( fully funded by Europe) started at the beginning of the year and will run until the summer of 2027. Its purpose is to test PEM fuel cells of two suppliers on a large scale. These are Sweden’s PowerCell and Switzerland’s EHGroup. The fuel cells can be assembled to form powertrains of up to 10 MW.

A European consortium

The project consortium is made up of 13 partners across Europe, including key R&D institutes such as VTT, EPFL, ZSW and the University of Freiburg, as well as companies such as Beyond Gravity, CluBE, CLEOS, DANA REINZ-DICHTUNGS-GmbH, Greenerity GmbH and Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.

In Greece, the CLEOS platform is also a stakeholder in this project. It represents the three companies Gaslog, Drylog and Olympic Shipping (a fleet of over 100 large ships) and is working on the decarbonisation of maritime transport.

“2030 is approaching rapidly and this will be another important piece of the puzzle to expand our product portfolio for marine applications and help our customers achieve their emission goals,” says Richard Berkling, CEO of PowerCell. “Our high power fuel cell technology has been recognised for its use in marine applications, and we are delighted to contribute to its development as part of this project,” states Mardit Matian, founder of EH Group.

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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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