Alfa Laval and Advent study marine applications for HT-PEM fuel cells

Alfa Laval and Advent Technologies will work together on a project to investigate potential uses for Advent’s high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cells in the marine sector.

The initiative, which is a collaboration between Advent, Alfa Laval, and a consortium of Danish shipowners, is supported by the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP). The project’s main objective is to evaluate Advent’s methanol-powered HT-PEM fuel cells as a source of auxiliary power for marine applications. An internationally renowned classification society will conduct a risk analysis of the fuel cell system throughout the project.

The project also hopes to include Advent’s newest fuel cell technology. The next-generation membrane electrode assembly from Advent will serve as the foundation for these fuel cells. This assembly is currently being developed as part of L’Innovator, a joint development initiative between the company and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. Advent’s next-generation fuel cells are anticipated to show a notable improvement in longevity, efficiency, and electrical output in order to address the constantly expanding power needs of the maritime industry.

With the aid of Advent’s technology, fuel cells can function at high temperatures ranging from 160°C to 220°C and provide a dependable source of on-demand power for a variety of uses and sectors, including transportation, power production, and heavy-duty machinery. Methanol, e-methanol, and biomethanol are examples of cheap and readily available hydrogen-carrier fuels that can be used with the company’s HT-PEM technology. Particularly methanol has generated a lot of interest as a potential fuel for the marine industry, and Advent’s HT-PEM fuel cells, which use an integrated reformer, work flawlessly with methanol.

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