Fuel cell manufacturer Blue World Technologies is embarking on the marine market

Fuel cell manufacturer Blue World Technologies is navigating the marine market.

The shipping industry accounts for about three percent of global greenhouse gas emissions annually. With the development of a fuel cell-based APU system running on methanol, Blue World Technologies wants to accelerate the green transformation of the marine market.

Danish fuel cell manufacturer Blue World Technologies expands its shipping activities. With its methanol fuel cell auxiliary power unit (APU), the company wants to replace traditional diesel generators for shipboard power supply.

Blue World Technologies is an ambitious and visionary developer of high temperature proton exchange membrane (HT PEM) fuel cells and will begin serial production later in December 2022.

The company’s focus on the marine industry is supported by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which entered in August 2022 as an investor and completed Blue World’s Series-B round for a total of €37m.

With the decision to expand the company’s activities within development and manufacturing to include APU systems for marine use, the company will be able to provide APU solutions in the megawatt range for direct integration into new buildings as well as retrofits into existing vessels.

mads fries jensen, The Chief Commercial Officer and Co-Founder of Blue World Technologies said:

Particularly over the past two years, we’ve seen the use of renewable methanol as a shipping fuel turn into a global trend, with more and more methanol-powered ships, cruise ships, and large ocean-going container ships being built.

“As a provider of charge auxiliary power units, Blue World Technologies will support this trend by offering high power methanol fuel cell solutions with high electrical efficiency, long durability and low maintenance costs. By combining our core technology and complete production from components to finished systems, our customers will benefit from our know-how direct technology.

Blue World Technologies’ methanol fuel cell system can provide the necessary electricity on board the ship using a simple, modular cabinet configuration of 200 kilowatt tanks that together can provide a power payload in the megawatt range.

This means that power supplies can be customized according to specific customer needs. To make up for the green premium for e-fuels such as methanol, methanol blue world fuel cell The APU system will have an energy efficiency of 45 to 60 percent. This will reduce operating costs and thus enable cost-effective use of e-fuels.

Renewable methanol is one of the most promising fuels of the future in shipping, as its use allows for climate neutral operation. Globally, well-known shipping companies have started upgrading their fleets to this green fuel.

In addition to zero net carbon dioxide emissions, Blue World fuel cells will ensure a process in which no oxides of nitrogen, sulfur oxide and harmful particulates are emitted.

In the coming years, Blue World will expand its production capacity and aim to take another step in the marine market with methanol fuel cell systems for propulsion.

The world’s blue methanol fuel cell based auxiliary power unit

  • Modular configuration consisting of 200 kW tanks which can supply power load in megawatt range.
  • Fuel cells are based on high temperature PEM technology (operating at 160-180°C) which has a high impurity impurity which means no need for gas purification in reforming gas.
  • HT PEM fuel cells have the unique waste heat capability where a portion of the waste heat from the fuel cell is used to drive the methanol reforming process thus improving overall system efficiency. Moreover, waste heat can also be used for additional energy recovery.
  • A fuel cell APU system will have a high electrical efficiency of 45 to 60%.
  • When powered by renewable methanol, the APU has net zero operation.
  • With no emissions of NOx, SOx or particulate matter, the fuel cell APU causes no air pollution.

Fuel cell manufacturer Blue World Technologies is sailing into the offshore market, Aalborg, December 8, 2022

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