Genevos secures BV’s AiP for its new marine fuel cell

French hydrogen power solutions developer Genevos has been awarded approval in principle (AiP) by classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) for its new marine fuel cell.

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As informed, the company obtained the approval for a 250 kW Hydrogen Power Module (HPM-250), which will be deployed to meet the growing demands of zero-emission coastal and offshore vessels. Genevos believes that it is on track to secure type approval in 2025.

HPM-250 has been developed in response to the increasing availability of green hydrogen, the strong advances in emissions regulations, and the building environmental pressure to reduce underwater noise for the protection of marine life.

“This modular drop-in solution offers high scalability and redundancy, whilst operating with no vibration, reducing maintenance requirements and conforming to zero emission regulations,” Genevos noted.

The energy intensive and long offshore operational times demanded by cargo ships, offshore workboats, and coastal ferries contribute significantly to the footprint of the maritime sector.

Hydrogen has been identified as a key fuel to decarbonize commercial vessels that can benefit from long-range and high-energy storage capabilities.

With many new large-scale green hydrogen production projects underway, the availability of this sustainable fuel is forecast to increase sharply from 2025, offering access in particular around ports where hydrogen and hydrogen-based e-fuels will be produced, exported or imported.

“This high power, next-generation fuel cell launch is key to our development roadmap to make clean hydrogen propulsion accessible to commercial and leisure craft. This follows-on from the successful delivery of our 40 kW and 80 kW fuel cell power modules that will shortly be entering service through recently-launched vessels,” Phil Sharp, CTO and cofounder of Genevos commented.

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