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HELION Hydrogen Power receives Bureau Veritas AiP for marine fuel cell FC-RACK™

08 Aug 2022

Alstom subsidiary HELION Hydrogen Power was awarded an approval in principle (AiP) from Bureau Veritas (BV) for its FC-RACK™ Marine version, a zero-emission hydrogen powered electric generator dedicated to maritime applications, according to BV on Thursday (4 August). 

This AiP is the result of a close collaboration between HELION and BV aiming at deploying safe use of hydrogen as an energy vector for the propulsion and shore-to-ship power supply.

The work carried out has enabled the 6th generation of hydrogen fuel cells to comply with Bureau Veritas rules that correspond to the use of fuel cells on board ships.

The fuel cell “marinisation” is ensured thanks to a double envelope enclosure that enables the system to be perfectly sealed in a saline environment. 

In addition, HELION’s new FC-RACK™ Marine incorporates a thermal management system, dedicated on-board control system, and a hydrogen safety system that enables the FC-RACK™ Marine to be installed inside or on the deck of the vessel. Finally, its vertical architecture facilitates ease-of-access during maintenance operations.

“This new generation of fuel cells is in line with our pillars which are: durability, safety, and maintainability. The substantive work that has been carried out along with our certifying partner confirms our belief that the product meets the requirements of the maritime sector,” said Vincent MAHEO, President of HELION Hydrogen Power.

“The latter also suggests that our FC-RACK™ Marine will quickly obtain final approval (Type Approval Certificate). This certificate will lead to the industrialisation of the FC-RACK™ Marine in order to provide a reliable and robust solution to our customers in the marine industry in their decarbonisation ambitions. The story does not end there since our fuel cell system has already been selected in marine projects in real-world conditions.”

 

Photo credit: HELION Hydrogen Power
Published: 8 August, 2022

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