Popularity of fuel cells continues to rise

The Comfort 140 provides enough power for the average yacht
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For commercial shipping, the question of emissions is a growing issue and while LNG is one way of reducing these, another is to use fuel cells, a system that is being used increasingly in auxiliary engines.

“Fuel cells are not approved generally by the certification bodies but it is a focus area for shipping,” explained Tom Chicken, CTO Fuel Cell Systems. “Once the infrastructure is available for bigger ships, it will trickle down and make it easier for others.”

And he explained how fuel cells run on hydrogen or methanol to produce power without harmful emissions.

Fuel Cell Systems have been around for a few years with increasing numbers of people buying the products, particularly the mid range Comfort 140 that provides enough power to keep a fridge and the navigation system running.

“A lot of loads have come down,” explained Mr Chicken. “Screens use less power than they used to for instance so most boats could get away with a smaller model than previously.”

He added: “We’re getting less questions as people know more about fuel cells; people have already made the decision and everyone who has one feeds back saying they like them. More people are buying them.”

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