Knowledge for Sustainable Development - Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology to Reduce Health and Climate Impacts of Ship Emissions

Joakim Pagels from the University of Lund (ULUND) will present how a novel propulsion system powered by a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) combined with Li-Ion batteries can contribute to reduce health and climate impacts of cruise ship emissions. The presentation will be given at the Knowledge for Sustainable Development Conference (2nd May 2022) in Lund. SOFC fuel cells hybridized by batteries is a technology approach with applications in marine industry that are currently examined by the NAUTILUS project.

The conference speech at Lund University will present trends and development in global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping as well as on goals in mitigation of ship emissions from a public health perspective. It is estimated that marine transport emissions adversely impact air quality and cause around 43 thousand premature deaths per year in Europe.

The aim of the NAUTILUS project is to evaluate a novel propulsion system that will enable to reach IMO targets for 2030 (10% increase in energy efficiency, 40% CO2 reduction by using LNG as a fuel) and to reduce NOx, SOx and PM (particulate matter) by >99% compared to baseline. It is estimated that emissions could be reduced even further by using future sustainable fuels while profiting from the fuel flexibility that is an important advantage of the SOFC technology in marine applications. Know more

The long term-vision of the project is to simultaneously achieve climate neutrality and decrease health-relevant emissions including particle matter and nitrogen oxides, to negligible amounts.

The conference speech will present current findings of the multidisciplinary team on potential impact of the SOFC system application in marine industry on reductions of net CO2 emissions and near pollutant free emission. The overall impact on health of the novel propulsion system is promising. 

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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.