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ABB to supply fuel cell to RCCL cruise ship

HELSINKI-listed ABB is to deliver first fuel cell system for Royal Caribbean. It is one of the first commercial fuel cells to be fitted on such a vessel.

ABB said in a press release that the system is aimed to be a pilot. Recent developments in fuel cell technology  have raised the potential for the energy source to be widely used in transportation. Earlier tests on vessels may have proved the technology, but not the economics.

“Our goal is to take the smoke out of the smokestacks, said Harri Kulovaara, Executive Vice President of Maritime and Newbuilding, Royal Caribbean Cruises in the ABB press release.

“We are dedicated to innovation, continuous improvement, and environmental responsibility, and using fuel cell technology gives us the opportunity to deliver against all three of these pillars.”

Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports said this pilot installation demonstrates that fuel cell technology is now firmly in sight of the cruise industry “Fuel cells have been the next big thing for 25 years, but now they are reality.”

Fuel cells meet the requirements according to ABB for the electrified digital ship in a commercial environment where sustainability and environmental impact are top agenda items. The ABB system , which includes a fuel cell from Ballard Power Systems, will be powered by hydrogen and generate 100kW energy.

Fuel cells generate energy by exploiting an electrochemical reaction at the interface between the anode or cathode and the electrolyte membrane. They involve no combustion, converting fuel directly to electricity and heat


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Craig Eason Stockholm
Craig Eason is the owner and editorial director of Fathom.World. He has a background in the shipping industry having started his career as a cadet on oil tankers and gas carriers before becoming a navigating officer on a range of vessel types. A change in career, with ensuing university studies, and he has now gained 20 years experience in written and broadcast journalism. He now is in demand as a knowledgeable and competent editor and event host and moderator, both for in-house events and ones for the public.