Fuel cell systems applied in expedition cruise ships: A comparative impact analysis

B.N. van Veldhuizen, R.G. Hekkenberg, Luca Codiglia

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Global endeavors to reduce emissions in the shipping industry are accelerating the interest in fuel cell system. This paper explores the application of different fuel cell types (LT-PEMFC, HT-PEMFC and SOFC) in combination with different fuels (LH2, LNG, MeOH and NH3) in expedition cruise ships. The goal of this paper is to evaluate the impact of the combination of fuel cell system implementation and operational profile on the design of expedition cruise vessels. Impact is expressed in ship size, capital cost, operational cost and emissions. The impact model takes into account: fuel storage, onboard fuel processing, fuel cell system characteristics, balance of plant components, fuel cost over operational lifetime and emissions of fuel cell & fuel processing. In the research, 7 different fuel cell systems and 3 different hybridization options are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th Symposium on High-Performance Marine Vehicles, HIPER '20
EditorsVolker Bertram
Place of PublicationHamburg, Germany
PublisherTechnische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
ISBN (Print)978-3-89220-718-4
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventHIPER '20: 12th Symposium on High-Performance Marine Vehicles - Cortona , Italy
Duration: 12 Oct 202014 Oct 2020


ConferenceHIPER '20: 12th Symposium on High-Performance Marine Vehicles
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  • Maintenance
  • cost model
  • optimization
  • Shipping


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