Dutch marine transportation service provider Future Proof Shipping (FPS) has appointed Koedood Marine Group as the supplier of PEM fuel cell system, to retrofit its inland containership to hydrogen power. 

As disclosed, Koedood will build three fuel cell units (3x 275kW) and subcontract their partner company Nedstack to supply the fuel cell stacks for each of the fuel cell units.

It is planned to achieve zero emissions by hitting the water on 100% hydrogen power by the end of this year, FPS said in a statement.

The 110-meter inland container vessel Maas will be retrofitted at the Holland Shipyards Group’s yard in Hardinxveld this year.

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The company developed the vessel’s zero-emission retrofit design in close cooperation with Koedood, Nedstack, the shipyard, and other suppliers.

“The maritime knowledge and expertise of the Koedood group, together with the fuel cell capabilities of Nedstack provide us with an optimised product we can be confident in. It helps that we are all on the same page – collaborating to create a more sustainable future for the inland waterways in Europe,” Fokke van der Veen, Director Operations – Future Proof Shipping commented.

The PEM fuel cell system is necessary for converting hydrogen into electricity. In a PEM fuel cell, hydrogen and oxygen react in an electrochemical manner to produce an electric current, pure water and heat.

The hydrogen and fuel cell system will be installed in the cargo space of the vessel, with the hydrogen being placed above the fuel cell system in two 40ft containers.

The fuel cell system will be triple redundant with 825 kW capacity and a 504 kWh lithium-ion battery pack for peak shaving, secondary and bridging power. The system will contain a 750V DC bus bar and an e-motor for propulsion.

Post retrofit, the Maas will transport shipping container cargo between Rotterdam and an inland terminal near Antwerp.

The company expects the vessel will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2000 CO2e tonnes annually.

Over the next five years, FPS aims to build and operate a fleet of 10 zero-emission inland and short-sea vessels which will be offered for charter.

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