Vancouver's Ballard Power to develop new fuel cell-powered ship

Feb 10 2021, 4:33 pm

Metro Vancouver-based Ballard Power Systems has signed an agreement with Australia’s Global Energy Ventures to develop a new fuel cell-powered ship designed to transport compressed green hydrogen.

The ship, called the C-H2, will have a propulsion power of at least 26MW, and a containment system with a capacity to store 2,000 tons of compressed green hydrogen.

Ballard will be responsible for the design of the fuel cell system and will assist Global Energy Ventures with the integration of the fuel cell system into the ship’s design.

The hydrogen fuel required to power the ship will be drawn from the compressed green hydrogen stored onboard and transported by the vessel.

The Australian company will be responsible for design approvals, development, financing, and the operation of the C-H2 Ship, along with the integration of the required power system.

“Hydrogen and fuel cell technology provide a compelling path for the decarbonization of the maritime sector, one of the key Medium- and Heavy-Duty Motive applications for which our products offer a particularly strong value proposition,” said Rob Campbell, Ballard Chief Commercial Officer, in a statement.

“Working with Global Energy Ventures will allow us to advance megawatt-scale hydrogen fuel cell and storage integration on board a large marine vessel. We are looking forward to collaborating with GEV on the visionary C-H2 Ship.”

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