Fuel cell systems in maritime applications can make a valuable contribution to environmental and climate protection. This applies both to the supply of large ships with the power, heat and cooling for their accommodation requirements as well as to the complete power requirements of ships in smaller performance classes. In addition, this technology contributes to the future viability of the German shipping industry.

Leading companies in the shipping and fuel cell industries have been cooperating early on to develop and test fuel cell systems to meet the specific needs of shipping. In “e4ships – fuel cells in maritime use” (“e4ships – Brennstoffzellen im maritimen Einsatz”), they have joined forces and are working on the further development of the technology, including sub-projects funded by the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).

All the latest information on the use of fuel cells for the supply of energy in shipping is now available at www.e4ships.de (in German).