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Thursday, April 9, 2020 

ABB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hydrogène de France (HDF) to jointly manufacture megawatt-scale fuel cell systems capable of powering ocean-going vessels.

The MoU envisages close collaboration on the assembly and production of the fuel cell power plant for marine applications, and builds on an existing collaboration with Ballard Power Systems, a provider of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell solutions. ABB and HDF intend to optimise fuel cell manufacturing capabilities to produce a megawatt-scale power plant for marine vessels. The new system will be based on the megawatt-scale fuel cell power plant jointly developed by ABB and Ballard and will be manufactured at HDF’s new facility in Bordeaux, France.

With the use of renewables to produce the hydrogen, the entire energy chain can be clean.

“HDF is very excited to cooperate with ABB to assemble and produce megawatt-scale fuel cell systems for the marine market based on Ballard technology,” said Damien Havard, CEO of HDF.

“With the ever-increasing demand for solutions that enable sustainable, responsible shipping, we are confident that fuel cells will play an important role in helping the marine industry meet CO2 reduction targets,” said Juha Koskela, MD ABB Marine & Ports. “Signing the MoU with HDF brings us a step closer to making this technology available for powering ocean-going vessels.”

Among alternative emission-free technologies, ABB claims to be well advanced in collaborative development of fuel cell systems for ships. The company believes that fuel cells are widely considered as one of the most promising solutions for reducing harmful pollutants. This zero-emission technology is already capable of powering ships sailing short distances, as well as supporting auxiliary energy requirements of larger vessels.

ABB’s eco-efficiency portfolio, which aims to mitigate climate change and conserve non-renewable resources, accounted for 57% of total revenues in 2019. The company is on track to reach 60% of revenues by the end of 2020.

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