Profitable testing of methanol-fueled HT-PEM gas cell system paves the way in which for scale-up on the Alfa Laval Take a look at & Coaching Middle


Alfa Laval is the driving pressure in a marine gas cell growth mission exploring the potential of high-temperature proton alternate membrane (HT-PEM) gas cells utilizing methanol as gas as a supply of marine auxiliary energy.

Funded by Danish EUDP (Vitality Know-how Improvement and Demonstration Program), the mission is a joint effort between gas cell maker Blue World Applied sciences, Alfa Laval and vessel house owners DFDS, Maersk Drilling and Hafnia. (Earlier publish.)

In step one, a ten kW (2 x 5 kW) set up has been operating on the Alfa Laval Take a look at & Coaching Middle since July. Primarily based on constructive take a look at outcomes, the mission is on observe for a 200 kW set up. Finally, it can present the marine trade with a scalable vitality provide that doesn’t contain combustion.


Alfa Laval Take a look at & Coaching Middle.

We’re happy with the progress within the HT-PEM gas cell system mission. Though this primary set up is small, it permits us to check the fundamental setup and the perform of the supporting tools. The information compiled to this point may be very promising, which means that we will transfer into the subsequent stage as deliberate.

—Alfa Laval’s Jeroen van Riel, Enterprise Improvement Supervisor, Marine Vitality Techniques

The gas cell system in growth, which can present clear operation with no particulate emissions, makes use of carbon-neutral renewable methanol. It contains modules of HT-PEM gas cell stacks that may be mixed in racks of 200 kW, making a standardized, scalable system for a lot of megawatts of energy. Alfa Laval is chargeable for the general system infrastructure, in addition to the distribution methods wanted to help the gas cells.


The modular gas cell system features a methanol reformer for gas conversion, DC/DC for energy conversion and gas cell stack for energy manufacturing.

Within the present section of testing, two modules containing one gas cell stack every are being run with the distribution methods. The operational information will then be used to fine-tune the 200 kW module and rack setup.

The mission will result in an built-in, secure and marine-certified product for software on tomorrow’s inexperienced ships. Inside the close to future, it can provide a sensible various to combustion-based auxiliary energy on board.

—Jeroen van Riel


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