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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 

RIX Industries, a US-based developer of energy technologies and industrial power systems, believes that on-vessel hydrogen-on-demand could provide the key to building momentum in decarbonising the maritime industry.

Eliminating the complexities of high-pressure gas or cryogenic liquid hydrogen storage, hydrogen-on-demand is considered to offer a way to transform methanol to feed fuel cells as needed in a self-contained, small footprint system.

Bryan Reid, Chief Sales Officer, RIX Industries, said: “To capitalise on hydrogen’s promise as an on-vessel source of power, hydrogen technologies must become more accessible for easy marine deployment. Real change is on the horizon, with newly available commercial systems enabling hydrogen-on-demand without hydrogen’s inherent complexity. Using methanol as a safe and manageable feedstock, self-contained systems are pioneering a new approach for naval architects, shipbuilders, and fleet operators. Existing diesel tanks can be repurposed to store liquid methanol at ambient conditions – allowing hydrogen systems to drop into existing shipboard infrastructures with minimal impact on retrofit even as decarbonisation goals are more easily met.”

Hydrogen-on-demand is enabled by RIX’s M2H2 Series systems, integrating technology licensed from Element 1, a developer of clean energy products, processes, and technologies. Combined with PEM fuel cells, M2H2 systems produce power with no NOx, SOx, or particulate matter. Systems deliver high efficiency, minimal vibration/noise, and low emissions for power critical applications, achieving Net Zero CO2 emissions when paired with renewable methanol. Systems will support 30 kW to 120 kW fuel cell solutions, combinable to support MW applications and flexible for operations such as ship propulsion, auxiliary power systems, reefer container power, and cold ironing.

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