DNV has evaluated Norway-based TECO 2030’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell System and three versions of its Fuel Cell Module FCM400TM and concluded that they comply with the applicable rules and regulations, codes and standards.
“The Approval in Principle (AiP) by DNV marks another important milestone for us in our development of zero-emission solutions for the maritime industry. By giving us the AiP, DNV clearly states that our hydrogen fuel cell system and fuel cell modules are safe to use,” said Tore Enger, CEO of TECO 2030.
“We are very pleased to be working with TECO 2030 on this important project,” said Olaf Drews, Head of Machinery and Piping Systems at DNV Maritime. “For novel technologies, like fuel cells, having class involvement can be vital in building market confidence. We are continually working to provide practical solutions to enable their uptake and were the first classification society to publish rules for fuel cells in 2008. This certificate confirms the basic suitability of TECO’s fuel cell systems for marine applications,” he added.
The TECO 2030 Marine Fuel Cell is claimed to be the first fuel cell system in the world that is specifically designed for use onboard ships and on other heavy-duty applications. The fuel cell module is designed with a capacity of 400kW net power output. Several modules can easily be put together in containers, enabling system configuration in the multi-megawatt scale. A 40 feet ISO fuel cell container from TECO 2030 will have a power production capacity of 6.4 MW.
The TECO 2030 Marine Fuel Module FCM400TM encloses a low temperature PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) fuel cell system. The system is developed by TECO 2030 in cooperation with the Austrian powertrain technology company AVL, while the modules have been developed internally at TECO 2030.
TECO 2030 has now started the process of receiving Type Approval from DNV.