First Green Hydrogen-Powered Vessels Take To Waters in 2023
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Themes and Topics

  • Ballard fuel cell technology
  • Hydrogen-powered vessels
  • Inland cargo transport hydrogen vessel
  • Liquid hydrogen ferry
  • Marine fuel cell innovation
  • Retrofitted hydrogen cargo vessel
  • Zero-emission maritime solutions
  • Major developments in 2023 in marine applications led to the inception of the first green-hydrogen powered vessels.

    Here’s an article posted in Ballard.

    According to the article,

    Top management consulting experts for Bio-energy, EV, Solar, Green Hydrogen

    • 2023: A Landmark Year for Marine Technology
    • Industry-First Hydrogen-Powered Vessels Set Sail
    • Key Players: Integrators, Vessel Operators, Fuel Cell Suppliers, and Infrastructure Providers
    • Vessels: Norled’s MF Hydra, FPS Waal, Zulu06

    Handling liquid hydrogen on board vessels requires stringent safety measures due to its cryogenic nature and potential hazards. Here are some key precautions:

    1. Cryogenic Storage and Handling:
      • Insulated Tanks: Liquid hydrogen is stored in double-walled, vacuum-insulated tanks to minimize heat transfer and prevent boil-off.
      • Venting Systems: Vessels have venting systems to release excess pressure and prevent tank rupture.
      • Safety Valves: Pressure relief valves ensure safe pressure levels within the tanks.
    2. Fire Safety:
      • Hydrogen Flames: Hydrogen flames are nearly invisible, making detection challenging. Safety protocols include gas detectors and fire suppression systems.
      • Avoiding Ignition Sources: Strict protocols prevent ignition sources near hydrogen storage areas.
    3. Electrical Safety:
      • Electrostatic Discharge (ESD): ESD can ignite hydrogen. Proper grounding and bonding prevent accidental discharges.
      • Intrinsically Safe Equipment: Electrical equipment must be intrinsically safe to avoid sparks.
    4. Leak Detection and Mitigation:
      • Leak Sensors: Continuous monitoring for hydrogen leaks using sensors.
      • Emergency Shutdown Systems: Rapid shutdown procedures activate if leaks are detected.
      • Ventilation: Adequate ventilation prevents hydrogen accumulation.
    5. Emergency Response:
      • Emergency Venting: Controlled venting during emergencies prevents overpressure.
      • Firefighting Equipment: Fire extinguishers suitable for hydrogen fires, such as those that use foampowder, or carbon dioxide
    6. Material Compatibility:
      • Materials in contact with liquid hydrogen must be compatible (e.g., tank materials, seals, gaskets).
      • Hydrogen Embrittlement: Special alloys prevent hydrogen-induced embrittlement.

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