ABB to deliver first fuel cell system for Royal Caribbean

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ABB has announced it will deliver its first fuel cell system to be piloted on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. This will be the first fuel cell system to provide an energy source for a luxury cruise ship. The pilot installation, including control, converter and transformer technology from ABB, will generate 100kW of energy, and has been fully developed, marinised, assembled and tested by ABB Marine & Ports. ABB selected an FCvelocity proton exchange membrane (PEM) pure hydrogen fuel cell engine from Ballard Power Systems for its pilot system. The system generates energy by exploiting an electrochemical reaction at the interface between the anode or cathode and the electrolyte membrane, involving no combustion, converting fuel directly to electricity and heat. “Our goal is to take the smoke out of the smokestacks,” said Harri Kulovaara, executive vice president of maritime and newbuilding, Royal Caribbean Cruises. “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.” This test installation is part of Royal Caribbean’s drive to include emissions-free fuel cell technology as part of the powering for its forthcoming Icon-class ships.

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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