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Tuesday, October 5, 2021 

Norwegian company Teco 2030 reports another milestone in its development of zero-emission solutions for the maritime industry, having received Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV for its Hydrogen Fuel Cell System and three versions of its Fuel Cell Module FCM400.

DNV evaluated Teco 2030’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell System and three versions of its Fuel Cell Module FCM400 and concluded that they comply with the applicable rules and regulations, codes and standards.

Teco 2030 CEO Tore Enger said: “The Approval in Principle 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.”

The AiP confirms that the design is feasible and that there are no obstacles that could prevent the solution from being realised, and that the system is suitable for marine applications.

Olaf Drews, Head of Machinery and Piping Systems, DNV Maritime, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Teco 2030 on this important project. 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.”

Teco 2030's hydrogen fuel cells convert hydrogen into electricity while emitting only vapour and warm air. By exchanging one or more engines with a Teco 2030 Marine Fuel Cell, ships can switch from fossil fuels to hydrogen and reduce emissions to zero. They can then sail emissions-free either on the whole journey or on shorter distances, such as when sailing into and out of ports. Hydrogen fuel cells can be used during port-stay, loading and discharging, enabling zero-emission operation at berth, without having to connect the ship to an onshore power supply.

The Teco 2030 Marine Fuel Cell is believed to be the first fuel cell system in the world that is specifically designed for use onboard ships and similar heavy-duty applications. The fuel cell module is designed with a capacity of 400 kW net power output. Several modules can easily be put together in containers, enabling system configuration in the multi-megawatt scale. A 40ft 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 has been developed by Teco 2030 in cooperation with Austrian powertrain technology company AVL, while the modules have been developed internally at Teco 2030. The company has now started the process of receiving Type Approval (TA) from DNV, to confirm that the product complies with the rules for standard designs and/or for routinely manufactured, identical equipment.

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