Dutch Companies Starts Development of Hydrogen (Fuel Cell) Boat
Dutch Consortium to Develop Fuel Cell Boat
Pressure from operators of pleasure craft in an around the canals of Amsterdam
, and a desire on the part of the authorities there for any new craft that are licensed to be "zero emissions" vessels, will see a new generation of commercially operated fuel cell craft
introduced into service
early in 2008. After about a decade of pressure from operators, the authorities in Amsterdam
have finally agreed to grant permits for 25 new craft, but they have stipulated that those vessels must be zero emissions craft.
Fuel Cell Boat BV, a consortium of Dutch companies, is developing a hydrogen-powered vessel, with a fuel cell as its power source, that Anglo-Dutch oil
major Shell plans to use to transport around a 100 of its employees to and from work on a daily basis.
The great advantage of the hydrogen vessel is that it is environmentally-friendly. The new vessel will be a zero emission vessel with absolutely no emissions such as CO2 or NOx or Sox
The 'green' vessel is being designed by small naval architectural practice in The Netherlands
and is expected to be complete later this year. Fuel Cell Boat has been talking to a number of yards that might build the vessel and is looking at the various types of fuel cells it might be fitted with, and talking to potential suppliers.
The fuel cell system on board will provide a total of 65kW of energy, but it is not clear yet whether this will be provided by a single
, large unit; or a number of smaller fuel cell modules. Once the craft is completed, it will be rigorously tested by classification society Germanischer Lloyd, and approved by the Dutch government
, prior to entering service
Apart from the fuel cell craft itself, the other key feature of the project
will be the construction of a hydrogen fueling station. The hydrogen required, will be produced by electrolysis
, using electricity produced by a wind
farm in the North Sea. This will make the process “green” from production of the hydrogen, right through to its consumption
The consortium responsible for the project
includes Alewijnse, Integral, Linde Gas, Marine
Service North (MSN) and Lovers. The Dutch Ministry of Economics has provided a subsidy for the development of the vessel. Alewijnse specialises in onboard electronics
; Integral will be responsible for project management; Linde Gas is responsible for production, storage
and distribution of the hydrogen; and MSN is responsible for the mechanical engineering on board.