Fuel cell technology is able to address powertrain electrification in the domains of marine propulsion. This market represents high potential for reducing energy consumption and emissions (especially for harbour boats and tugs), because the source of emissions is not as dispersed, i.e. significant energy/ emission savings can be achieved by replacing a single conventional powertrain on a large ship. However, despite all the potential benefits, existing fuel cell technology components face application specific challenges that need to be addressed in order to drive large scale adoption in the marine sector. Hence, in order to achieve competitiveness, additional research and demonstration efforts are required for such drive systems in order to become competitive with conventional technologies.Scope:
The aim of this topic is to develop an emissions-free fuel cell hybrid based powertrain system, suitable for marine applications, and to validate it in the target marine vessel.
The project must address the following key issues:
TRL at start: 4
TRL at end: 7
The consortium should include at least one marine OEM or their subsidiaries and at least one fuel cell component manufacturer and/or relevant suppliers.
The FCH 2 JU considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
Expected duration: 3-4 years
A maximum of 1 project may be funded under this topic.Expected Impact:
Expected impacts of the project include: