The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT) is leading a project to develop the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that could be ideal for use on vessels using liquid natural gas (LNG) bunkers.
The project is reported to be a part of the European Union (EU) funded INNO-SOFC project, a collaborative effort between the VTT, Convion Ltd, and Elcogen Ltd.
The new-generation and long-life fuel cell system will provide higher levels of energy efficiency 60 percent for electricity production and a total efficiency of 85 percent and low emissions, low noise and low vibration levels. The technology was not used so far because of high cost and short service life.
“The target is set to double the service life and halve the cost of fuel cell systems.”