Challenges of SOFCs System Application in Marine Power Plant

Berend van Veldhuizen from Delft University of Technology (TUD) will present the NAUTILUS project under the Fuel Cells section at the 7th World Maritime Technology Conference 2022 (26th – 28th April 2022) in Denmark.

His presentation on 28th April 2022 will focus on general presentation of the project objectives and then on application of alternative fuels for SOFC in marine applications. He will focus on the performance of marine SOFC power plants that has been thermo-dynamically evaluated for several fuels (LNG, methanol, Fischer-Tropsch diesel, ammonia and hydrogen).

Presentation will also outline the challenge of SOFCs operation in wave-induced ship motions. SOFCs are originally developed for stationary applications and it is still unclear how inclinations and accelerations influence the structural integrity, performance and safety of SOFC systems in marine application. During the NAUTILUS project a hydraulic inclination platform will be developed on which the SOFC can be safely operated. This platform can expose the SOFC module to static and dynamic inclinations. This set-up will test whether SOFC systems could be operated in the physical conditions of a marine power plant and what is potential weakness that have to be addressed.

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NAUTILUS is a short for Nautical Integrated Hybrid Energy System for Long-haul Cruise Ships.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 861647.